Hauser student safe, Chicago man guilty after the two plot to meet for sex during school hours. An 18-year-old Chicagoan pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday for sexually exploiting a Hauser Junior High School student on May 3. Adrian Flores, of 5704 S. Talman Ave. in Chicago, was sentenced to 10 days of community service and told he must register for life as a sex offender after being charged with two felonies for having sexual contact with the girl, a North Riverside resident.
According to police, the girl had met Flores on a cell phone “party line” on the morning of May 3, told him she was 16 and arranged for him to pick her up at Hauser Junior High, 65 Woodside Road in Riverside at 10 a.m. that day.
Shortly thereafter, a teacher reported the girl missing from the school and school administrators called Riverside and North Riverside police and the girl’s parents in an attempt to track her down. When those attempts failed, Principal Joel Benton talked to the girl’s friends to find out what they knew of her whereabouts, if anything.
“We have a procedure in place where students are accounted for throughout the day,” Benton said. “We notice pretty quickly if someone leaves the building unauthorized.”
Meanwhile, Flores drove the girl back to his basement apartment where the two reportedly engaged in some type of sexual activity, although police said it does not appear the two had sexual intercourse.
Back at Hauser, Benton discovered that one of the girl’s friends had loaned her a cell phone. And, with Benton coaching more than one of her classmates, the girl’s friends began making contact with her via cell phone.
“The cell phone connection is what broke it for us,” Benton said. “Once we had that, we figured we were able to get her back safely.”
During a one-hour period, the girl gave her friends key information about who she was with, the kind of car he was driving and their whereabouts. In addition, one of her friends was able to convince the girl that she should return to Hauser and that she would be waiting to let her in through one of the usually locked doors. At the same time, both Riverside and North Riverside police combined to keep watch for any sign of the vehicle.
Before returning to Riverside, Flores picked up a passenger, Jabel Gallegos, 18, of Chicago. Riverside police spotted the man’s vehicle speeding down Woodside Road just before 2:30 p.m. and pulled him over at the intersection of Forest Avenue and Kimbark Road. The two men were taken into custody without incident.
Flores was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 3 felony, and sexual exploitation of a child, a Class 4 felony. In a plea agreement at his preliminary hearing Monday, Flores pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of sexual exploitation of a child. He was not prosecuted for the aggravated criminal sexual abuse charge, but could be prosecuted for it in the future if he doesn’t register as a sex offender, said Riverside Police Sgt. John Krull.
Gallegos was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after police reportedly found him in possession of a small amount of cannabis. He was also cited for possession of cannabis. He faces a June 3 court date.
The girl was taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for tests and released to her parents. Benton said the girl was also “disciplined aggressively” for truancy.
“It was very scary,” Benton said. “These girls have to realize they could be seriously harmed. We felt great she was able to get back safely and that we got the subjects as well.”