Woman facing sexual assault charge for group home incident

EVANSTON — An Evanston woman who was employed as a daily living assistant for Pioneer Counseling has been charged with first-degree sexual assault for an alleged incident that occurred in late January. Kortney Thompson allegedly engaged in sexual behavior with a client at the group home where she was employed when the client was physically helpless, and Thompson should have known the client was helpless and had not consented. 

According to an affidavit filed in support of arrest, Evanston Police Department Detective Scott Faddis received a call from a manager with Pioneer Counseling regarding a sexual assault that occurred on Jan. 27. On that date, Thompson was working at a group home overseeing the care of six residents. 

Thompson was working a 12-hour shift, beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m. According to court documents, at approximately 11 a.m., Thompson drove some clients to a liquor store and purchased several small bottles of alcohol. She allegedly provided four of the six residents with alcohol and smoked marijuana with two of the residents. 

Later in the day she allegedly went to a different liquor store and purchased more alcohol before returning to the group home and again providing alcohol to the residents. When a fellow coworker showed up to take over for Thompson, that coworker found several of the clients were intoxicated. The coworker called Pioneer Counseling’s residential manager and reported the situation, after which the manager went to the group home and conducted breathalyzer tests on the clients. 

At that time, one of the clients, who had a blood alcohol content of 0.14, reported that a few hours before he had passed out in his bedroom and awoke to find Thompson undoing his pants and engaging in sexual contact with him, even though he claimed he repeatedly told her to stop. When interviewed, two other group home residents reported they had witnessed Thompson engaging in a sexual act with the man. 

Thompson was arrested on March 8 on charges of sexual assault in the first degree. She is scheduled to be araigned in Third District Court on April 2. If convicted, she faces a minimum of five and a maximum of 50 years of imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both.


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