The parents of an alleged victim have filed suit against Luis G. Paniagua, 26, a Moline man accused of sexually abusing two children in Rock Island County.
The court has allowed the couple to be referred to as "Jane Doe #1 and John Doe" for the duration of the case to protect the family's identity and temper further "psychological damage," according to court records filed on Friday in Rock Island County Circuit Court.
The couple is requesting more than $50,000 in damages for the suffering they, and their child, have endured "at the hands of the Defendant" whose alleged conduct was "willful and wanton," the suit contends.
Mr. Paniagua was chargedwith three Class 2 felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abusein February 2012. He was charged with a fourth count of the same nature in September. Both victims were younger than the age of 10, records allege.
The complaint claims Mr. Paniagua is a "flight risk" and requests the court temporarily freeze his properties and other assets.
According to a jail official, Mr. Paniagua posted 10 percent of a $100,000 bond in September and has been out of the Rock Island County Jail since. Mr. Paniagua could not be reached for comment on Monday.
If the two criminal cases are not settled by a Feb. 14 plea hearing, the matter is scheduled to proceed to a Feb. 19 trial.
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.