A probation officer assigned to a teen accused of sexually assaulting a pregnant Chicago State University student earlier this month has been placed on temporary suspension.
Rose Marie Golden, the director of the Cook County Juvenile Probation Department, issued a news release Tuesday stating that electronic monitoring procedures were not followed when 17-year-old Aaron Parks allegedly attacked the 24-year-old woman while she was putting books in her car in the 9800 block of South Indiana on Sept. 10.
NBC 5 Investigates reported Monday that Parks was under orders to stay confined to his mother's home in the 600 block of East 100th Street after he was charged as a juvenile in the July carjacking of a woman who was forced into her car at gunpoint. Under the terms of his release, Parks was only allowed to leave home to attend school, seek medical treatment, or attend religious services.
Probation officials say there will be "a full audit of all Electronic Monitoring records to determine if this incident was an isolated occurrence or whether changes are required to ensure that juveniles under the supervision of the court are following conditions of release."
The officer's suspension will remain in place pending the investigation.
Meanwhile, Parks' first alleged victim is speaking out about her experience. Gwendolyn Davis told NBC 5 Investigates that the teen carjacked her near the corner of 73rd and Ada.
"I tried to give him my keys, my phone, everything. He didn't want nothing, he wanted me," Davis said.
Davis said she escaped by ramming her car into a police squad car.
The second victim's father, Robert Perkins, is baffled that Parks was even allowed on the street.
"I would like to know how did this get so far, where you don't know where someone is who has an electronic band on his leg," Perkins said.
Even Parks' mother feels the system failed. She believed her son was registering for GED classes at Olive Harvey College when the assault against the CSU student occurred.
"If they're tracking these kids, they should have known when he was leaving. They should have been able to pick that up," Parks' mother said.
Juvenile probation officials say the department monitors about an average daily population of about 250 individuals in the electronic monitoring program.