Crime & Courts

Bond increased for counselor accused of sex crimes

WOODSTOCK – A McHenry County Judge had harsh words for the Woodstock man accused of sex crimes with a young boy, after the defendant contacted the boy’s father.

Not only can the text messages 30-year-old Taylor L. Blaul sent be used against him at trial, it was a clear violation of his bond, Judge Gordon Graham said.

“You should know better,” Graham said at the hearing Friday.

Graham increased Blaul’s bond by $20,000, and the former substance abuse counselor was immediately remanded.

Blaul will need $2,000 to be released, and his defense attorney Mark Facchini indicated his client will be able to post bond.

Blaul previously put up $6,000 after being arrested on allegations he fondled the young boy. According to authorities, he was seen openly kissing the boy at the city pool. Allegations of sexual misconduct date back to September 2013.

The alleged victim is not related but otherwise known to Blaul.

Authorities said Blaul sent two text messages to the boy’s father Aug. 15, after he appeared in McHenry County court to plead not guilty to all charges against him.

The messages were apologetic, his defense attorney said.

“It wasn’t an act of intimidation. It wasn’t an act of harassment. It was an apology,” Facchini said.

But Assistant State’s Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein said the nature of the contact was upsetting for the boy’s family. After his arrest in July, a judge ordered Blaul to have no contact with the minor or the minor’s family.

“What’s in the text message isn’t as important as it was a direct violation,” Eisenstein said.

Blaul was employed at Direct Counseling, one of several agencies that conducts alcohol, substance abuse and anger management evaluations for criminal defendants. He no longer works there.

The charges against him carry a sentencing range of three to seven years in prison. His next court date is Sept. 26.

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