Rockford Scanner™: Rockford Police arrest a man after he allegedly offered a juvenile money in exchange for a sexual act

Rockford Police arrest a man after he allegedly offered a juvenile money in exchange for a sexual act.  Details below


Rockford Scanner™: Grand Jury has returned an indictment against a Rockford man for a sexual assault that happened at Auburn High School

State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that a Grand Jury has returned an indictment against a Rockford man for a sexual assault that happened at Auburn High School in 2013.

James Smith Johnson Mug

On March 15th, 2013, a female student reported to the Auburn High School nurse that she had been sexually assaulted by another student inside the school.

Rockford Police Detectives conducted a follow up investigation and the defendant, James N. Smith Johnson (D.O.B. 6/9/1996) was developed as a suspect. The investigation was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office and charges were authorized against Smith Johnson.

On April 16th, 2019, a warrant was issued for the defendant and he was arrested and booked in to the Winnebago County Jail on $100,000 bond. Smith Johnson was recently indicted by a Winnebago County Grand Jury on Criminal Sexual Assault charges.

Criminal Sexual Assault is a Class 1 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 4-15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Smith Johnson is currently in custody at the Winnebago County Jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment at 9:00am on April 25th, 2019, in front of the Honorable Judge Brendan Maher in Courtroom D at the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center.

The charges are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.


Rockford Scanner™: Rockford Man Arrested For Kidnapping & Sexual Assault

Forensic Evidence Leads to Sex Assault Arrest

Rockford, Ill. On Monday, July 25, 2011, patrol officers from the Rockford Police Department responded to an apartment in the 300 block of North Church Street in reference to a sexual assault investigation.

When they arrived, officers learned that an adult female victim had been sexually assaulted by a male acquaintance whom she knew only by a nickname.

The suspect was described as a black male in his mid to late 20’s 5’7″ tall with a medium build. At the time of the incident, detectives conducted a follow-up investigation, but were never able to identify the suspect.

In April 2018, a possible suspect was identified following the result of a forensic evidence recovered during the investigation. Detectives from the Rockford Police Department’s Sensitive Crimes Unit followed up on the lead and were able to identify the suspect as Antoine Hill.

The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the results of the investigation and authorized charges against Hill. Hill was taken into custody on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

Antoine Hill, 31, Rockford: Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault with a Weapon (2 counts)
Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault with Bodily Harm (2 counts)
Criminal Sexual Assault (2 counts)
Unlawful Restraint
Aggravated Battery
Aggravated Assault

Hill was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail on a $500,000 bond. The charges against Hill are merely accusations. He is considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.


Rockford Scanner™: Human Trafficking John Sting

Human Trafficking John Sting

On 03-20-2019 the Janesville Police Department, Beloit Police Department, Clinton Police Department, Beloit Township Police Department, Rock County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI), District Attorney’s Office, Janesville Fire Department and the Baymont by Wyndham Hotel collaborated on a Human Trafficking John Sting.

Baymont by Wyndham located 616 Midland Rd in Janesville graciously donated three rooms for the operation.

The purpose of this collaboration was to target those who support the human trafficking trade by soliciting woman for sex acts in exchange for money. We are taking a multi-prong approach to the human trafficking problem. First we reach out to the victims of human trafficking and offer resources to help them get out of the life style. Tonight we went after those that make human trafficking profitable.

During the operation 25-30 men reached out to us requesting sex acts. Three arrests were made for pandering when men should up at the hotel.

David J. Hanley M 35
2705 Burbank, Janesville, WI 53546
944.33(1) Pandering Misdemeanor

Paul E Rote M 53
2904 Hyacinth Ave, Janesville, WI 53545
944.33(1) Pandering Misdemeanor

Keith W Dabbs M 46
2428 North Shore Dr, Delavan, WI 53115
57.06 Parole Violation Felony
944.33(1) Pandering Misdemeanor
Held at the Rock County Jail

Pursuant to the directive of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3:6 Trial Publicity, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Legal Definition of pandering
1 : the act or crime of recruiting prostitutes or of arranging a situation for another to practice prostitution
— compare PIMP entry 2
2 : the act or crime of selling or distributing visual or print media (as magazines) designed to appeal to the recipient’s sexual interest


Rockford Scanner™: Illinois Clergy Sexual Abuse Report Containing 395 Perpetrator Names Released

Illinois Clergy Sexual Abuse Report Containing 395 Perpetrator Names Released

The People Below Are Those Accused of Sexual Abuse in the
Diocese of Rockford

Arias, Alfredo Pedraza
Campbell, James D.
Campobello, Mark A.
Clapsaddle, Harlan B.
Considine, Thomas
Feely, Theodore W.
Frazier, Michael
Gaynor, James.
Harte, Al F. ………………………………………….110
Heimann, David F. .
Holdren, John C.
Jablonski, Joseph
Joffe, William I.
Johnson, Walter E.
Jones, Augustine K. .
Kohler, Peter D.
Kuhl, Richard
Kurz, Michael
Lessar, Joseph Marcel .
Rovira, Ivan M.
Tully, Joseph J.M.
Virtue, William D.


Rockford Scanner™: Suspect Wanted For Home Invasion & Sexual Assault, Last Seen Near Roscoe

UPDATE: Matthew Harkey has been booked into the Winnebago County Jail. His next court date is 04/30/2019 at  9:00 am. 

from our friends at WTVO:

Update from our friends at WTVO – According to court records, a 34-year-old Rockford woman was found naked, bleeding and handcuffed to a workout bench she was dragging behind her after she was abducted from her Rockford home.

She was located at a residence in the 5900 block of Mcdonald rd in Roscoe (Matthew Harkey Mothers House)

Police say 43-year-old Matthew Harkey abducted the woman from her home on Wednesday, March 13th, and held her captive in the basement of home in Roscoe, where he beat and raped her.

A neighbor in the 5900 block of McDonald Road spotted her in the street after she made her escape, around 1:30 p.m., and called the police.

According to an order of protection filing, the woman told police that she was attacked by Harkey earlier that morning, as he was hiding in her home when she returned home from dropping her children off at school.

According to the victim, Matthew Harkey hit her over the head with a bottle. She fought with him until he choked her and she passed out.

She recalled being wrapped in duct tape and put in the trunk of Harkey’s car, and being driven to Roscoe.  (Matthew Harkey Mothers Residence)

There, he dragged her down to the basement and handcuffed her to an exercise bench and strapped her legs to it.

“He undid the straps and took my underwear, shirt and bra off. My pants had already come off,” she wrote in the order of protection filing.

“This all lasted about 2 hours.” When Harkey allegedly left the house, the woman escaped by dragging the workout bench out of the basement and out of the home

Full details at our friends at WTVO at

He crashed during a police chase, and is now in police custody via police. Harkey led police through Edgar, Douglas and Coles counties. He crashed near Illinois 32 about halfway between Cerro Gordo and Cisco in western Piatt County.

According to a state police report, at 2:15 a.m. Thursday, Matthew Harkey, 43, was heading north on Illinois 32 while being pursued by multiple authorities when he lost control about a quarter-mile north of County Road 1045 North, hitting the guardrail and causing his Nissan Rogue to overturn multiple times.

The report said Harkey, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect Matthew Harkey abducted a woman at an address on Lamar and she was able to get away and was located in the 5900 block of McDonald Road. She did sustain injuries.  Police are searching all over for him. They chased him several times and was last seen near Shaw and Newburg. He was last seen in a 2019 Nissan Rouge with a plate of FP65916 or a red Mitsubishi Lancer Illinois registration BA36134. Sources said he worked at the Napleton Loves Park Honda near Carlson Ice Arena, we are still awaiting confirmation on this. If you see him, call the police.

Update** last seen driving a Silver Nissan Rogue FP65916.

On Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at approximately 1:34pm Roscoe Police officers responded to the 5900 block of McDonald Road for a possible abduction. They located a female victim suffering from injuries to the head. It was determined that a male suspect Matthew Harkey, (dob 11/11/1975) had abducted the female from her residence in Winnebago County. The female was able to escape and notify authorities. The case was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office and a warrant was issued for the charges of Home Invasion, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, Unlawful Restraint, and Residential Burglary. The bond on the warrant has been set at 1 million dollars. Matthew Harkey is possibly armed and should be approached with extreme caution. Matthew Harkey could be driving a silver Nissan Rogue Registration Illinois FP65916 or a Red Mitsubushi Lancer Illinois Registration BA36134.

The charges are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Sources are reporting  a man wanted for home invasion and sexual assault.

Suspect last seen near Roscoe (Sounds like the sexual assault and home invasion also happened near Roscoe, but not yet confirmed.)

Suspect is approx. 43 years old, 5’9, 200 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes, last seen in a silver nissan rouge. Armed with a gun. First name is Matthew.  He is wanted for home invasion and sexual assault. Possibly suicidal.

No other information at this time

UPDATE: Last seen near Perryville and Spring Brook.

UPDATE: Last seen near Shaw and Newburg approx 6 pm. Police are chasing the vehicle, but lost sight of it in this area.


Rockford Scanner™: Rockford Man Arrested For Sexual Assault


Sources are reporting a man has been arrested predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Rockford.

Sources said 29-year-old Stedman Dismuke was arrested

He is considered innocent unless proven guilty by the court of law.


Rockford Scanner™: Senior Citizen Arrested For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Several Children in Rockford

Sources said a Rockford senior citizen has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting several children.

Police conducted a 2 month investigation, before arresting the man.

The senior citizen who was arrested is 66 year old Glenn Farris.

Police said he allegedly sexually assaulted three children under the age of 13 at a residence in the 1900 block of W Riverside.


Rockford Scanner™: Teacher Arrested For Sexual Assault, After Allegedly Touching A Student

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The City of Beloit Police Department is investigating a report of sexual assault involving inappropriate touching by a teacher at Beloit Memorial High School.

The teacher, Scott Abbott, 53, of Rockford, was arrested this afternoon for sexual assault of a child by a school staff person. The Rock County District Attorney’s Office will be reviewing this arrest.

The investigation is ongoing and we will not be releasing any other details today. The School District of Beloit and Beloit Memorial High School is fully cooperating with the investigation.

We will not be providing any on-camera interviews in regard to this allegation.


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