A press release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office:
International Investigation Finds Accused Child Molester; Woodstock, Island Lake Crimes Involved
Robert J. Gould, 51, of Nova Scotia, Canada, was behind bars in the McHenry County Adult Correctional Facility Thursday charged with Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault stemming from incidents in April 2017 in Island Lake and unincorporated Woodstock.
The case began when Canadian authorities contacted the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office with information concerning possible criminal activity which had taken place in Illinois.
Sheriff’s Office investigators then worked with the Halifax Regional Police in Nova Scotia to conduct a criminal investigation.
Investigators made contact with Gould in August 2017, when he was visiting the Wheeling, IL, area.
Warrants for Gould’s arrest were subsequently obtained for Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child; Criminal Sexual Assault; and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse.
The location and apprehension of Robert Gould was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office Apprehension Unit, which is part of the United States Marshal’s Service Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force.
Investigators learned that Robert Gould had been detained by Canadian authorities on September 1, 2017, and was being extradited to the United States.
On September 19, 2017, Robert Gould was taken into custody at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts by the United States Marshal’s Service and Massachusetts State Police.
He was subsequently transported to the McHenry County Corrections Facility, where he arrived Wednesday.
Arrested: Robert J. Gould, Male, 51, Nova Scotia, Canada
- 4 counts-Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child (class X)
- 6 counts-Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Victim Under 13 (class X)
- 7 counts-Criminal Sexual Assault Victim Under 18 (class 1)
- Criminal Sexual Assault with Force (class 1)
- 3 counts-Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse (class 2)
Next Court Date: October 23, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
The charges against this individual are merely allegations against him. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.