A 69-year-old man was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child on Thursday, three days after a Brookfield woman discovered him allegedly naked from the waist down in bed with her 9-year-old daughter.
James Clemmons, of Justice, was supposed to appear in bond court at the Maybrook courthouse Friday morning. However, his hearing was postponed after he complained of feeling ill and was taken to the hospital, a court official said. He reportedly remains hospitalized and under police guard. Clemmons is expected to appear in bond court on Monday.
According to the police report, Clemmons is a longtime family friend who has served as the victim’s babysitter for the past four years. Normally, say police, Clemmons would watch the girl, who has special needs, from the time she got off the school bus at 3:30 p.m. until about 6 p.m., when her mom got home from work.
On Sept. 8, however, the girl’s mom arrived home early at around 3:30 p.m. She found the living room and kitchen of the apartment empty, but the TV was still on. She then found her bedroom door closed but not locked.
When she opened the door to the bedroom, the mother reportedly startled Clemmons, who was under the covers with her daughter. Clemmons reportedly told the girl’s mom her daughter was taking a nap and that “nothing is going on” before saying he “needed a minute” and asked the mom to leave the room.
But the mom ordered Clemmons out of the bed and pulled off the covers. Clemmons was allegedly naked from the waist down. According to police, he then grabbed his clothes and fled from the apartment while the girl’s mom called police.
On Sept. 9, Brookfield police arrested Clemmons at his residence in Justice. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office charged him with predatory criminal sexual assault of child, a Class X felony.
If convicted, Clemmons faces between six and 30 years in prison.
Asked if there was more than one incident between Clemmons and the victim, Brookfield Police Lt. Edward Petrak said, “We don’t know. It’s possible.”