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Convicted molester search continues

Thirty-five-year-old Urbana resident Kinzie Lee Schwab, who was convicted last Thursday, August 25 of criminal sexual assault and child pornography by a Champaign County jury, is currently at large.

Schwab was not present for any of his trial dates, which started last Tuesday, August 23. He made a court appearance last Monday, August 22 in Judge Tom Difanis’ courtroom with his legal counsel, Urbana attorney Evan Bruno, who was told to be ready for the Tuesday trial before Judge Hugh Finson. Even though Schwab failed to make an appearance during the trial days, the jury was instructed to disregard his lack of appearance and move on with the trial as planned. Bruno said he did not know of his client’s whereabouts, saying, “Myself and the Urbana Police Department have been in contact with several of his family members. From what we know, they don’t know where he is.”

The attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices, who provide legal services for our clients in Champaign and other areas of Illinois, handle criminal defense cases such as drug crimes and sex crimes, among others. Call our offices today at (217) 328-6000 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.


Bill Cosby appearances canceled over sexual assault allegations

Public appearances and entertainment performances by 77-year-old comedian William Henry “Bill” Cosby, Jr., slated for occurrence in Nevada, Arizona, Washington, Illinois, and South Carolina, have all been canceled as more women accused the entertainer of sexually assaulting them decades ago, The Pueblo Chieftain reported on November 21.

The Diamond Desert casino in Tucson, Arizona canceled his February 15 show. Two other appearances for April 2015 in Champaign, Illinois, and other shows slated for February 2015 in Reno, Nevada and in Florence, South Carolina, were also nixed.

California attorney Tamara Green, one of the women who lodged accusations of sexual assault against Cosby, agreed to testify in court about the incident.

Allegations of sexual assault have an affect on your personal and professional life–even before conviction. That is why it is essential to immediately enlist the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney as early on in the legal process as possible. Call the Champaign legal team at Bruno Law Offices today at 217-328-6000 to learn about your options for defense.


Case of sexual assault in an adult bookstore to be tried soon

Thirty-six-year-old Champaign resident Paul Zindar has been sued by a female employee of an adult book store, her employer, and the company’s insurance provider due to allegations that Zindar sexually assaulted the woman in question, the Paxton Record reported on August 1.

According to the civil complaint against Zindars, LM Insurance Corp. paid $138,867 in disability and medical costs for an employee of The Lion’s Den after Zindars allegedly locked the employee inside an office, pinned her to the ground, and tried to sexually assault her on July 31, 2012.

Zindars is set to make an appearance in the Iroquois County Circuit Court on August 12. He pleaded not guilty to one count of misdemeanor battery and felony charges of criminal sexual abuse and unlawful restraint. He may use insanity as a defense.

The attorneys at Bruno Law Offices believe that, no matter the crime, every person is entitled to a fair trial. Our criminal defense team fights tirelessly on behalf of our clients to receive the most favorable outcome of their case. To discuss your situation, call our Champaign offices at 217-328-6000 today.


Hearing on U.S. Naval Academy sexual assault case coming to an end

On Tuesday, September 3, the hearing regarding charges of sexual assault against a female U.S. Naval Academy student concluded with Special Agent Michelle Robinson testifying from Bahrain through video teleconference that the alleged victim of rape confessed to her that she herself wasn’t sure whether she voluntarily agreed to have sexual intercourse with the men involved in the case or not.

The woman allegedly told Robinson that she was heavily intoxicated on the night of the April 2012 off-campus party in Annapolis, Maryland, and that she was confused about what happened.

After wrapping up the statements of the witnesses, an investigative officer will consider the weight of the evidence gathered and will make recommendations to the academy’s superintendent.

Should you find yourself facing a criminal charge in Champaign, an attorney at the Bruno Law Offices can assure help you build the aggressive defense you need. To schedule your free initial consultation with us, call 217-328-6000.

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