Bail has been set at $1 million for a convicted sex offender accused of sexually abusing two 13-year-old Burbank girls.
After a five-month investigation, Burbank Police arrested Fernando Gonzalez, 35, of Cicero, on allegations of sexual abuse that occurred August 7, 2012 near Owens Park in the 5100 block of 78th Street in Burbank.
Gonzalez allegedly lured the girls one by one into his SUV. Upon taking each girl’s photo, he began making physical contact inside the SUV, police said.
The girls were able to provide police officers with limited information, according to the Burbank Police Department’s web site.
Investigators continued working leads over the past several months. As investigators revisited the case, Gonzalez was located on the Illinois State Police Registered Sex Offender website, police said.
Police said that Gonzalez matched the description of the alleged offender, and that further investigation led to him being positively identified.
Gonzalez appeared before Judge Aguilar at the Bridgeview Courthouse for a bond hearing Jan. 25 on charges of criminal sexual assault, sexual exploitation of a child and presence within a park zone.
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Burbank Police and the Cook County State's Attorney's office are still investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Lieutenant Michael Dudl by email at email@example.com
Gonzalez is a registered sexual predator stemming from a 2000 conviction for criminal sexual abuse in Riverside. He was 23 at the time, and his victim was 18.
He's due back in court on Feb. 20.