A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office:
LEONARD PUCCINI CONVICTED OF AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE
Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that Leonard Puccini, 52, of Bull Valley, was convicted of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse of a 12 year old boy.
Leonard Puccini was enrolled in the mentoring program with the McHenry County Boys and Girls Club in 2009 when he met the victim of his abuse.
He bought the victim gifts, sent him text messages telling him he loved him and sent an e-mail to the boy’s mother offering to compensate her financially in exchange for an agreement to adoption.
The mother eventually terminated the relationship and the boy later revealed that Puccini pulled his pants down and spanked his bare buttocks.
After the spanking Puccini went into his bedroom and masturbated.
After the victim’s disclosure, Puccini was arrested and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department issued a press release asking anyone who had ever been victimized by the defendant to come forward.
Four adult men then contacted the Sheriff’s Department and disclosed that in the 1980’s and 1990’s, when they were adolescent boys, they were sexually abused by Leonard Puccini.
The Statute of Limitations prohibited the defendant from being charged with those crimes; however, the victims could testify that they had been sexually abused in a similar manner to show the defendant’s propensity to sexually assault children.
Two of those victims testified at the bench trial held on May 20 and 21, 2013 that they had been sexually abused in a similar manner by Puccini.
On May 30, 2013, Judge Michael Feetterer delivered his verdict finding the defendant guilty of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse.
The defendant’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 19, 2013. The case was investigated by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department.
The case was prosecuted by Sharyl Eisenstein and Michael Combs of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office. The defendant has pending charges of Computer Tampering and Criminal Sexual Assault arising out of a separate incident.
If anyone has ever been victimized by Mr. Puccini or has information regarding other children he has abused, please contact the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Division at 815-334-4750.