FOX NEWS..SYCAMORE, Ill. – A 71-year-old Washington man accused in the 1957 kidnapping and killing of a 7-year-old Illinois girl has been charged in a separate case with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl from the same small town.
"Sexual offenders and sexual predators are never "cured" they re-offend and re-offend until they are caged for life".
Illinois State Police announced the grand jury indictment of Jack McCullough on Friday but didn't say when the 2nd sexual assault happened. He was indicted this summer on felony murder, kidnapping and abduction charges in the death of Maria Ridulph of Sycamore in 1957.
Illinois State Police Sycamore, IL -- Illinois State Police and the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office announced a Grand Jury indictment against Jack Daniel McCullough, (aka John Tessier). McCullough/Tessier was officially charged in DeKalb County with one count of child sexual assault, and four counts of indecent liberties with a child.
The 2nd victim told Illinois State Police investigators that she was raped by Jack McCullough when she was 14 years of age in Sycamore, Illinois. “Sadly, we have another victim, and for the families of all victims, the pain never goes away,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “The ISP Special Agents who have been tirelessly working this case will continue to be unrelenting in their efforts to find justice, closure, and peace for the Sycamore community,” Grau added.
Based on the new information received during the investigation, the DeKalb County State’s Attorney, Clay Campbell, has decided to officially charge McCullough/Tessier with these charges. A Grand Jury was convened and indicted McCullough on all five counts. McCullough was charged in July with the murder, kidnapping and abduction of an infant, and he remains in custody at the DeKalb County jail on a $3M bond.
Maria Ridulph of Sycamore disappeared Dec. 3, 1957, while doing what kids in Sycamore did then — playing. Kathy Chapman recalled that she and Maria were under a corner streetlight when a young man she knew as “Johnny” offered them a piggyback ride. Chapman, now a grandmother who lives outside of Chicago, told the Chicago Tribune for a story that she ran home and never saw her best friend again.
The search for Maria grew to involve more than 1,000 law enforcement officers and numerous other community members, ultimately catching the eye of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who requested daily updates.
Christmas came and went, with a pogo stick wrapped as a gift for Maria remaining unopened, her brother remembered. Then in April 1958, two people foraging for mushrooms found her remains.
Police suspected Jack McCullough, the dirtbag in photo above, who lived less than two blocks from the Ridulphs and who fit the description of the man said to have approached the girls, Thomas said Friday. But McCullough seemed to have an alibi, claiming he took the train from Rockford to Chicago the day of the abduction.
His story fell apart last year after investigators re-interviewed a woman who dated him in 1957 and asked her to search through some personal items, the Seattle Times reported, citing court documents. She found an unused train ticket from Rockford to Chicago dated the day the girl went missing. “Once his alibi crumbled, we found about a dozen other facts that helped us build our case,” Thomas said.
The Times reported investigators also determined a collect phone call McCullough purportedly made to his then-girlfriend from Chicago actually came from his Sycamore home the day Maria vanished — and he gave a ride to a relative when he should have been on the train.
Chapman told the Chicago Tribune investigators showed her a photo last year of a teenage McCullough in a lineup, and Chapman identified him as the “Johnny” who approached her and Maria the night her friend vanished. At the time, McCullough’s name was John Tessier.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com