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 Sunday, May 19, the 139th day of 2013. There are 226 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The Rt. Rev. Harry I. Witherspoon, D.D. Bishop of Illinois, willpreach in Trinity (Episcopal) Church, in this city this evening. 1888 -- 125 years ago: At 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon the Mississippi River flooded itsbanks at Rock Island, destroying the warehouse of the Rock Island Lumber companyand damaging the Lumber Company and arsenal power plant. Total loss isestimated at $100.000. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Residents of South Rock Island township are circulating a petitionfavoring the annexation of that area to the city of Rock Island. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Thomas Ackles, of Rock Island, has been elected president ofthe Playcrafters for the next season. She succeeds Warren Leonard. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Some 8,000 people filed through the gates of Rock Island Arsenal on Saturday to view a display of a part of the nation's armed strength. The occasion was theannual observance of Armed Forces Day. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Willis Kuschmann, of Moline, who already has won his laurels as oneof the most artistic men in the Quad-Cities area, has a new hobby. He is deeply involvedin miniature railroading. At the age of 88, when many other seniors are dozing in theirchairs or sitting before the television, Mr. Kuschmann is planning and working on hiscollection.