Over the past several months detectives from the Rockford Police Department Sensitive Crimes Unit have been working on an investigation involving the sexual assault of several victims under the age of 13. The investigation was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a result, charges were authorized and warrants were obtained for the suspect, 31-year-old Tadelle McDaniel.
On Monday, August 14, 2017, members of the S.C.O.P.E. team located McDaniel at a residence in the 1900 block of Elm Street and he was taken into custody without incident. McDaniel was then lodged in the Winnebago County Jail where he is being held in lieu of bond.
ARRESTED: Tadelle McDaniel, 31-years-old, Rockford, Ill.
CHARGES: Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault (2 counts)
Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault (6 counts)
BOND: $500,000 / 10%
CHARGES: Domestic Battery
BOND: $10,000 / 10%
The charges against McDaniel are merely accusations and not evidence of his guilt. As with defendants in all criminal cases McDaniel is considered innocent unless proven guilty in court.
Due to the sensitive nature of this investigation and the age of the victims no further details are available at this time.
Predatory criminal sexual assault of a child in Illinois focuses on victims under the age of 13. Under 720 ILCS 5/11-1.40 the crime occurs when a person over the age of 17 sexually penetrates or does anything to contact the sex organ or anus of one person and the part of the body of another for the purpose of his or her own sexual gratification or arousal, or that of the victim, and the following additional conditions are present:
- The victim is under 13 years of age; or
- The victim is under 13 years of age and the person committing the crime:
- Is armed with a firearm;
- Personally fires a firearm in the course of the crime;
- Causes great bodily harm to the victim that is life threatening or results in permanent disability; or
- Gives the victim any controlled substance without the victim’s consent or by threat or deception. This does not apply to substances given for medical purposes.
Criminal sexual assault. It generally refers to rape, and under the law, it’s sexual penetration combined with:
Force or the threat of force
A victim who was unable to understand what was going on
A victim who was unable to give knowing consent
A victim who was under 18 years old when the accused is a family member
A victim who was at least 13 but under 18, and the accused is 17 or older and held a position of authority, trust or supervision toward the victim