Crime & Courts

Woodstock man accused of sexually assaulting girl about 5 years ago

Homero Alcaraz-Bello, 50, of the 1700 block of Yasgur Drive, Woodstock
Homero Alcaraz-Bello, 50, of the 1700 block of Yasgur Drive, Woodstock

Police on Thursday arrested a 50-year-old Woodstock man accused of sexually assaulting a girl younger than 13 years old.

Homero Alcaraz-Bello, of the 1700 block of Yasgur Drive, is charged with predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The most serious charge, predatory criminal sexual assault, typically is punishable by six to 30 years in prison.

The Woodstock Police Department Investigation Division began its investigation into sexual assault allegations June 17 after receiving a report from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, according to a news release. The allegations date back about five years and reportedly occurred within the city limits of Woodstock.

The child, who was younger than 13 when the alleged abuse took place, participated in a forensic interview at the McHenry County Child Advocacy Center. Detectives then met and spoke with Alcaraz-Bello on Thursday at the Woodstock Police Department.

After speaking with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, police arrested Alcaraz-Bello and took him to the McHenry County Jail, where he remained Friday afternoon. The investigation is ongoing.

Citing privacy reasons, police did not provide further details about the allegations other than to say the child never lived with Alcaraz-Bello.

Alcaraz-Bello’s bond is set at $500,000, meaning he would need to post $50,000 bail to secure his release. Alcaraz had not yet hired an attorney, records show.

He’s scheduled to make his next court appearance Tuesday morning.

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