HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WHILE DRIVING AROUND HIGH SCHOOL NEIGHBORHOODS DURING BUS HOURS
Elmhurst residents are feeling some sense of relief now that a registered child sex offender has been taken into custody.
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Elmhurst Chief of Police Michael McLean announced that a Villa Park man who is currently on probation for possession of child pornography is accused of loitering within five-hundred feet of York Community High School on at least three occasions. Yuusef Husain, 36 (d.o.b. 12/31/1986) of the 800 block S. Summit Avenue, appeared at a bond hearing yesterday afternoon in front of Judge Joshua Dieden who set bond at $250,000 with 10% to apply in accordance with a previously issued arrest warrant. The State had asked for a bond of $1 million with 10% to apply. Husain is charged with one count of Unlawful for Child Sex Offender to Loiter Within 500 Feet of School Property (Class 4 Felony).
Recently, the Elmhurst Police Department received numerous reports of occasions of young girls being watched and followed by a man while leaving school for the day. Through the course of their investigation into these reports, the Elmhurst Police Department was able to identify Husain as a suspect. It is alleged that on at least three occasions between April 12 and April 28, 2023, between 3:45 p.m. and 3:55 p.m. Hussain was within five hundred feet of the school for approximately ten to twenty minutes on each occasion. On May 1, 2023, DuPage County Judge Joshua Dieden issued a $250,000 with 10% to apply arrest warrant for Husain. Husain was taken into custody yesterday morning while allegedly driving around York Community High School neighborhoods while students were waiting at their bus stops.
“As a registered child sex predator, Mr. Husain is prohibited from loitering within five hundred feet of a school,” Berlin said. “This sex offender registration requirement is not optional. It is alleged that on several occasions, Mr. Husain violated this order and will now face not only today’s new charges but will also now face a petition from my office to revoke his probation. I thank the Elmhurst Police Department for their outstanding efforts in this case from following up on residents’ concerns to the identification and apprehension of the suspect in this case. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorney Grace Barsanti for her work in preparing a strong case against Mr. Husain.”
“There is no responsibility more important to the Elmhurst Police Department than protecting the children of our community” McClean said. “I wish to thank the detectives who conducted surveillance operations of this sex offender during the course of the investigation and those who took him into custody. I also thank State’s Attorney Bob Berlin and his office for their efforts in protecting our children from child sex predators.”
Husain’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 22, 2023, for arraignment in front of Judge Daniel Guerin.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.