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Proviso Probe

Monday, April 09, 2007

MEDIA, 17-year old girl called a "Ho" in the media [B, H]

Daily Herald:
Berkeley--A 17-year-old girl has been charged with running a prostitution service out of her suburban Chicago home using the popular Web site Craigslist.

[Redacted] arrest followed a routine search of the site's classified message boards, said Hillside Police Detective Carlo Viscioni.

Don't the media and police departments usually protect the identity of perpetrators under 18 years old?

This girl has not only her name all over the Internet, but her picture is on at least one Chicago media outlet website.

Seriously, why did the police release her name? And why did the media outlets run with it?

[UPDATE: The young woman was charged as an adult, so Illinois law provides for releasing her name. Brian Montopoli of CBS shared my skepticism that it was a good idea.]

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  • In the state of Illinois, young people who are 17 years old who commit crimes, are considered to be Adults. So it enables police departments to not only charge them as an adult, but list their name and the offense as well.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:18 PM, April 09, 2007  

  • Thanks.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 1:23 PM, April 09, 2007  

  • i live down the block from the house in Berekely....man never new that was goin on there.

    By Anonymous berkely resident, at 1:39 PM, April 09, 2007  

  • The girls mother is doing time for a DUI.

    The story makes it sound like her mother was pimping her when she was 16 if not younger.

    Petersen's mother faced a similar charge last April but the charge was later dropped. Petersen, then 16, was also arrested at the time but was not charged. Her mother is now in prison serving a two-year sentence on an unrelated drunken driving conviction.

    Seems to me DCFS could have (should have?) played a role in averting this.

    Girl is being pimped by her mother. Mother goes to prison. Are we really surprised when the girl starts tricking herself?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 1:48 PM, April 09, 2007  

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