Former guard at Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles found guilty of inciting detainees to attack each other – Chicago Tribune

A former guard at a juvenile detention center in St. Charles was convicted of inciting detainees to bully and attack each other, authorities said.

Michael M. Klimek, 46, of Yorkville, was found guilty by a jury last week of official misconduct and aggravated assault in a public place, officials with the Kane County State Attorney’s Office said in a statement. of press.

In January 2016, Klimek, a guard at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles, facilitated and encouraged certain juvenile detainees to physically attack other juvenile detainees and stood by idly during the attacks, prosecutors said. He was acting in his official capacity when he participated in the acts, authorities said.

A young man who was beaten in the shower by two other detainees reported the incident to a therapist, who filed an incident report and launched an investigation, Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Margaret O’Brien said.

The teens were able to get into the shower after Klimek opened the door for them, according to prosecutors.

Klimek, of the 100 block of Tuma Road, is due back in court on August 8 to receive his sentence.

mejones@chicagotribune.com

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