2 Held on Charges of Sexually Assaulting 11-Year-Old Girl at Sleepover

Lolly Bowean and Deanese Williams-Harris, Chicago Tribune, March 3, 2011

Bail was set today for two men accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl while she was attending a sleepover party for one of the suspects’ younger sister.

Steven Johnson, 19, of the 17800 block of Chicago Avenue in Lansing, and Daniel Rucker, 20, of Calumet City, are both charged with predatory criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony.

The girl was visiting Johnson’s home on Feb. 26 because his sister was having a sleepover to celebrate her 12th birthday, prosecutors said.

Sometime that night, the girl went to the basement for some blankets and was assaulted by both Johnson and his friend Rucker, Assistant Cook County State’s Atty. Allison Sise said in court.

The party started Saturday evening and included dancing and games that continued into the late evening, police said. When the girls went upstairs for bed, the 11-year-old was sent by an adult to the basement, police said.

After the court hearing, Tom Driscoll, a deputy supervisor with the state’s attorney’s office, said an adult took the girl home at 9:45 a.m. the next day even though she told the adult and a friend of the attack that night.

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An investigation found evidence on a mattress in the home, Sise said. The girl identified both Johnson and Rucker in a line-up.

Rucker admitted to having sex with the girl, Sise told the judge. Johnson told police he had sexual contact with the girl.

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Children as well as other adult family members of Johnson were in the house at the time of the attack, police said. Police said they were seeking their cooperation in the investigation, and that the Department of Children and Family Services has been notified.

Johnson and Rucker are friends who work together at an advertising company, lawyers said.

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Daniel Rucker (left) and Steven Johnson.

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