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 Tuesday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business. 1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments. 1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace. 1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually. 1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area. 1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.