Another delay in trial of man charged with sex assault of child
By Jim Newton firstname.lastname@example.org @JimNewton5 February 4, 2014 10:50AM
Updated: March 6, 2014 6:38AM
Another delay in the upcoming trial of Jose Reyes, charged with sexually assaulting a young Mundelein girl, was granted Tuesday in Lake County Circuit Court.
After defense attorneys asked for more time to review evidence in the case, Judge Mark Levitt set the Chicago man’s trial for May 27, with a pretrial date of March 11 also scheduled.
Last month, the trial was delayed from Jan. 21 to early March.
Reyes potentially faces life in prison if convicted of the sex crimes he has been charged with involving a 3-year-old Mundelein girl.
Reyes, 28, continues to be held in the Lake County Jail’s maximum security segregation unit in lieu of $5 million bond.
He pleaded not guilty Nov. 14 to multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault of a child, aggravated kidnapping and production of child pornography. If convicted on all or most of the charges, he could face life in prison.
Reyes was arrested Oct. 2 for the alleged abduction of a 3-year-old girl Sept. 30 near the entrance to a condominium complex at 555 Deepwoods Drive in Mundelein. The kidnapping lasted about 30 minutes before she was returned to the area.
Just prior to the abduction, the toddler was walking with her 28-year-old mother, who was carrying an infant son, and her older sister to a building in Diamond Lake Condominiums.
Reyes had been employed in Libertyville at the time.
Reyes is being represented by Hatch and defense attorneys Eric Rinehart. Prosecutors in the case are assistant state’s attorneys Fred Day and Eric Kalata.