Naperville: Parents Charged with Encouraging Daughters to Beat Classmate
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~ DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin and Naperville Chief of Police Jason Arres have announced that charges have been filed against the parents of two junior high school sisters who allegedly prompted, facilitated and encouraged their daughters to beat a fellow student. Steven Teague, 36, and Terika Thomas, 30, both of Naperville, are charged with one count of Contributing to the Criminal Delinquency of a Minor, a Class 2 Felony.

On April 3rd, 2023 at approximately 7:00 a.m., the victim was walking to her bus stop while being followed by two female juveniles and their stepfather, later identified as Teague. It is alleged that when the victim walked past her bus stop to the next bus stop, the two juvenile girls, Teague and Thomas followed her in a vehicle. It is further alleged that once at the bus stop, the juvenile females attacked the victim throwing her to the ground and punching her with their fists. It is alleged that while this was happening Teague stood by and watched while Thomas got out of her car and encouraged the juveniles to "get her".

Berlin stated "The allegations that Steven Teague and Terika Thomas not only brought their daughters to attack a classmate but also encouraged and watched on as the beating took place are disturbing. Thankfully, the victim of this attack was not seriously injured. My office takes these allegations very seriously and will prosecute these defendants to the fullest extent of the law. I thank the Naperville Police Department for their work on this very disturbing case. I also thank Assistant State's Attorneys Nick Catizone and Alysa Feld for their work on this case."

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Arres added "As parents we have an obligation to teach our children how to appropriately navigate and resolve conflict. Fighting is not the answer, and it's dismaying to me that two adults would set such a poor example for children by encouraging and abetting this behavior. I'm grateful for the work of our officers and assistance from DuPage County State's Attorney Bob Berlin in holding these individuals accountable for their actions."

At a bond hearing last weekend Judge Luis Aranda set bond at $40,000 with 10% to apply for Teague who posted it shortly after his release from custody. On April 20th Judge George Ford issued an arrest warrant for Thomas who turned herself in over weekend posting 10%, or $4,000 before being released from custody as well. The next court appearance for Teague is scheduled for May 15th while Thomas' arraignment is scheduled for May 23rd 2023 respectively.

The public should be reminded that this complaint contains only charges which do not prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt; both defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court proceedings where it will be up to government's burden to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt

Filed Under: Government, City

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