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Bond Set at $1 M for Downers Grove Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting 4-yo Girl

September 23, 2017 WHEATON - DuPage County State's Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Downers Grove Chief of Police Kurt Bluder announced today that bond has been set for a Downers Grove man accused of sexually assaulting a four year-old girl in 2012 and for attempting to sexually assault a minor in 2015 and 2017. Matthew Schuten, 24 (d.o.b. 3/18/1993) of 4052 Roslyn Road, appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Richard Russo set bond at $1 million with 10% to apply. In all, Schuten has been charged with one count of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child (Class X Felony) and two counts of Attempt Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child (Class 1 Felony).

In June 2012, Downers Grove police officers responded to Whitlock Park for a report of a four year-old girl who was allegedly touched by an unknown man inside the woman's bathroom. The man allegedly approached the child in the woman's washroom while she was washing her hands and told her that he was a doctor and wanted to give her a test. He then sexually assaulted the girl and fled the scene. Following the assault, the girl told a parent who immediately contacted the police department. An investigation into the assault yielded a DNA sample of the alleged attacker. In July, 2015 at Hummer Park, which is approximately one mile away from Whitlock Park, Downers Grove Police were alerted to an incident where an unknown male allegedly looked underneath a bathroom stall wall to watch an eight year-old girl using the facilities. Following the alleged incident, the girl told a nearby adult and the male immediately fled the scene. On August 22, 2017, detectives observed Schuten again at Hummer Park enter the woman's bathroom. Detectives followed Schuten into the woman's bathroom and allegedly found him kneeling down on his hands and knees watching a seven year-old girl use the stall next to him. He was immediately taken into custody follow a brief altercation in which one officer was injured.

"The allegations against Mr. Schuten are just sickening and will be met with the full force of the law," Berlin said. "I would like to thank the Downers Grove Police Department, particularly Detective Sergeant Jeremy Thayer, Detective Scott Beck and Detective Jim Minnett for their truly outstanding work in this case. Their dedication to justice and to the young victims ultimately led to the apprehension of an alleged sexual predator who now faces up to sixty years in the Illinois Department of Corrections if convicted. I would also like to thank the DuPage County Children's Advocacy Center Director Pat Dempsey and now-retired Investigator Rachel Reiger, for their efforts which will allow us to mount a strong prosecution against Mr. Schuten. I would also like to thank Assistant State's Attorneys Cathy DeLaMar and Jennifer Lindt for their work not only on this very disturbing case but for their ongoing efforts in protecting our children from sexual predators as alleged in this case."

"I want to thank the men and women of the Downers Grove Police Department for their outstanding work on this case," Bluder said. "Our detectives continuously reviewed new information regarding the 2012 investigation, ultimately identifying the defendant; their efforts and tenacity resulted in multiple felony charges being brought against Matthew Schuten. Lastly, I would like to thank State's Attorney Berlin and the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office for their guidance during this investigation and the DuPage County Sheriff's Crime Lab for their critical expertise. Due to the dedication, cooperation and combined efforts of these agencies, this case resulted in the arrest of the defendant."

Additional conditions of Schuten's bond, if he were to post, include no contact with the victims or any minors. He is also barred from entering any school grounds, park, playground, park district, forest preserve, day care or any facility or service provider with services directed towards person under the age of eighteen. He is also prohibited from entering any parking adjacent to any of the aforementioned locations.

Schuten's next court appearance is scheduled for October 3, 2017, in front of Judge Robert Miller.

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant's guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government's burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.