DOWNERS GROVE – A Downers Grove man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl in 2012 and with attempting to sexually assault minors in 2015 and 2017.
Matthew Schuten, 24, of the 4000 block of Roslyn Road, appeared in bond court Sept. 23, where DuPage County Judge Richard Russo set bond at $1 million, according to a news release from the Downers Grove Police Department. He is charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and attempted predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.
Schuten's next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 3 in front of DuPage County Judge Robert Miller.
In June 2012, Downers Grove police officers responded to Whitlock Park for a report of a 4-year-old girl who allegedly was touched by an unknown man inside the women's bathroom, the release stated. The man allegedly approached the child in the women's washroom while she was washing her hands and told her he was a doctor and wanted to give her a test.
He then sexually assaulted the girl and fled the scene, according to the release. Following the assault, the girl told a parent, who immediately contacted the Police Department. An investigation into the assault yielded a DNA sample of the alleged attacker, the release stated.
In July 2015 at Hummer Park, which is about one mile away from Whitlock Park, Downers Grove police were alerted to an incident where an unknown man allegedly looked underneath a bathroom stall wall to watch an 8-year-old girl using the facilities, according to the release. Following the alleged incident, the girl told a nearby adult, and the man immediately fled the scene.
On Aug. 22, 2017, detectives observed Schuten enter the women's bathroom again at Hummer Park, the release stated. Detectives followed Schuten into the bathroom and allegedly found him kneeling down on his hands and knees, watching a 7-year-old girl use the stall next to him.
He immediately was taken into custody following a brief altercation in which one officer was injured, according to the release.
If convicted, Schuten faces as many as 60 years in prison, the release stated.
"I want to thank the men and women of the Downers Grove Police Department for their outstanding work on this case," Downers Grove Police Chief Kurt Bluder said in the release. "Our detectives continuously reviewed new information regarding the 2012 investigation, ultimately identifying the defendant; their efforts and tenacity resulted in multiple felony charges being brought against Matthew Schuten."
If Schuten were to post bond, he would be ordered not to have contact with the alleged victims or any minors. He also is barred from entering any school grounds, park, playground, park district, forest preserve, day care or any facility or service provider with services directed toward minors, according to the release.
He also is prohibited from entering any parking adjacent to any of the above locations, the release stated.