A 56-year-old Chicago resident, who was working as a handyman, has been charged with sexually abusing the 8-year-old grandchild of the person who hired him, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Bond was set at $300,000 today for Larry Duncan, 56, who is charged with one count of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse for an incident that occurred on Oct. 25, 2015, in the apartment of a woman who had hired him to do repair work. The 8-year-old victim was visiting her grandmother in the apartment when the abuse took place.
According to prosecutors, Duncan waited until the grandmother briefly left the room and then fondled the victim under her shirt. As the child attempted to run away, Duncan grabbed her buttocks and attempted to kiss the victim. Duncan abruptly left the apartment after the victim was able to break free and run away. The victim told a parent later that day about the incident and it was reported to police. The victim was able to identify Duncan in a photo array and an alert was issued for Duncan, who was arrested on Nov. 7, 2015.
Duncan appeared at a bond hearing today at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago where his next court date was scheduled for Nov. 30, 2015.
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