$1M Bail Set for Convicted Sex Offender Accused of Assaulting Two 13-Year-Old Girls

Five-month investigation led to arrest of Cicero man for alleged sexual assault on Burbank girls.

Bail has been set at $1 million for a convicted sex offender accused of sexually abusing two 13-year-old Burbank girls.

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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 mdudlo@burbankil.gov

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.

Source: Burbank Police Department

George Pickett January 28, 2013 at 04:55 PM
How about CASTRATION for this pervert?
a.villanueva January 28, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Why does it take so long and victim after victim to stop men like this?!
Nancy Prior January 28, 2013 at 05:54 PM
2013 ........and 13 yr old girls are still getting lured into SUV's??? Come on now parents teach your kids to RUNNNNNNN.
Dave W. January 28, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Agreed, Nancy Prior...it is of course horrible that this jerk gets anything less that the death penalty, but by thirteen, if they haven't been taught that, it is almost criminal negligence on the parent's part.


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