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Father, son charged in alleged sex assault at college orientation

Father 'put ecstasy in a female student's drink so his son could RAPE her during Illinois State University campus orientation' 

Shawn Childs

  • Shawn Childs Jr, 19, and his father were on campus Tuesday, officials said
  • The father put ecstasy in a female student's soda, according to authorities
  • The woman said Childs Jr followed her to her room and raped her twice
  • Childs Sr had 22 ecstasy pills on him during arrest, prosecutor said
  • Both men now face criminal charges in the sexual assault case 

A father put ecstasy in a female student drink before his son raped her during an Illinois State University orientation event, authorities have said.

Shawn Childs Jr, 19, and his father, Shawn Childs Sr, were in a residence hall along with other incoming students on Tuesday in Normal, according to a prosecutor.

A woman, who has not been named, told authorities Childs Sr put a pill in her soda before she went back to her room feeling ill, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Childs Jr followed her inside and raped her twice, the woman said. He and his father both face criminal charges in the case.

Shawn Childs Jr (left), 19, and his father, Shawn Childs Sr (right) both face criminal charges after a female student said Childs Jr raped her at Illinois State University Tuesday
Childs Jr (pictured) and his father were in a dorm room with other students, First Assistant State's Attorney Adam Ghrist said in a statement read Thursday in court

Shawn Childs Jr (pictured left and right), 19, and his father, Shawn Childs Sr (pictured left with his son) both face criminal charges after a female student said Childs Jr raped her at Illinois State University Tuesday

The two-day event at Illinois State University, called the Preview, is meant for students to find out more about the university before classes start in August.

Parents can attend and stay on separate floors inside Hewett Hall in Normal, Illinois State University Chief of Staff Jay Groves told the Chicago Tribune.

Childs Jr and his father were in a dorm room with other students, First Assistant State's Attorney Adam Ghrist said in a statement read Thursday in court.

The elder Childs offered to go and buy alcohol for underage students and returned having purchased the goods, according to Ghrist.

A woman, who has not been named, told authorities Childs Sr put a pill in her drink before Childs Jr (pictured at an orientation event at Illinois State University) raped her twice

A woman, who has not been named, told authorities Childs Sr put a pill in her drink before Childs Jr (pictured at an orientation event at Illinois State University) raped her twice

Then, the woman said, Childs Sr put a pill in her soda before Childs Jr followed her and raped her twice, Ghrist recounted in his statement.

The events unfolded between 10 and 11 pm on Tuesday according to the prosecution. They have 'nothing to do with mischief and everything to do with terrible criminal behavior on the part of adults', Groves told the Chicago Tribune.

The Preview has taken place for 50 years.  

The elder Childs shared photos of himself with his son on Tuesday and Wednesday on Facebook, geolocating then at Illinois State University.

He wrote in the captions that he felt proud of his son - and a little nervous - as he took him to his new college. 

Childs Jr and his father were arrested on Wednesday at a train station, as they were about to head back to Chicago, authorities said.

The elder Childs had 22 ecstasy pills in his pocket during the arrest, according to Ghrist.

Childs Jr told police the woman was 'messed up' on Tuesday night, Ghrist added. He has now been charged with four counts of criminal sexual assault.

Meanwhile his father, who faced previous convictions for attempted murder, domestic battery and weapon charges according to Ghrist, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Both are due to be arraigned on Friday. 

Father and son charged in rape at Illinois State University
The elder Childs shared photos of himself with his son (pictured) on Tuesday and Wednesday on Facebook, geolocating then at Illinois State University
Childs Sr wrote in the captions that he felt proud of his son - and a little nervous - as he took him to his new college. Pictured is a shot he shared on Tuesday

The elder Childs shared photos of himself with his son on Tuesday and Wednesday on Facebook, geolocating then at Illinois State University (left and right). He wrote in the captions that he felt proud of his son - and a little nervous - as he took him to his new college


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A father and son have been charged in an alleged sexual assault case after they were accused of drugging and assaulting a woman at Illinois State University.
According to campus police, Shawn Childs Sr. volunteered to buy liquor for students who were staying at an ISU dorm. During the party, which took place during orientation for incoming students, Childs Sr. allegedly put a pill in the victim’s drink.
Childs Sr. has since been charged with controlled substance with intent to deliver for allegedly putting ecstasy in the woman’s drink.

According to the victim, Shawn Childs Jr. raped her twice after her father had put the drug in her drink.

Childs Jr. has since been charged with four counts of criminal sexual assault.
“Hearing this and having to come home and tell my mom that this is happening, is probably the biggest thing she is going to be concerned about,” said Abby Perez, a prospective student.
When Childs Sr. was arrested, according to police, he had ecstasy pills in his pocket.

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Comment by team-night-vision-surverillance on July 29, 2016 at 12:36pm
This is not the way 2 show ur son how 2 get p****.y he didn't go get him a hooker and done this is a stupid move 4 A father
Comment by GUNMAN ah Come on July 29, 2016 at 12:03am
All dat HARD work for what? Probably the 1st in his family to attend University. He can thank Dad for screwing dat up!!! Pun intended
Comment by Jerome S [ Barz ] on July 28, 2016 at 11:21pm
Do they now "go after" manufacturers of these ecstasy pills? Horrific story, could've been much worse and still I wish it wasn't true. Guess the victim can suit up the college.
Comment by unell mitchell on July 28, 2016 at 3:50pm
If the charges are true this is a classic case of what happens when babies have kids or you want to be your kids friend
Comment by mssusieqno1 on July 28, 2016 at 12:52pm
Wow

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