Official charges filed: four counts Criminal Sexual Assault, four counts Official Misconduct
SALINE CO.—Authorities in Saline County have confirmed official charges against chief deputy/school board president Todd Fort: Four counts of Criminal Sexual Assault, each of them a Class 1 felony, and four counts of Official Misconduct, also felonies.
Fort was arrested by ISP officials very early this morning, this arrest being confirmed to Disclosure at about 6:30 07.20.10.
Fort is accused of having an ongoing sexual relationship with a student at Harrisburg high school, this relationship beginning when the girl was 16; she is currently 17.
The four counts of Criminal Sexual Assault are alleged to have taken place between May 1 and July 19, 2010. Each are punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The incidents are alleged to have occurred at Fort’s residence.
The four counts of Official Misconduct arose from Fort “acting in his official capacity,” allegedly having sex with the girl during her lunch break from school, or during their lunch break at the Saline County Sheriff’s Department. The girl had been working with Fort for a number of months as an intern at the SCSD.
A search warrant for Fort’s residence at 1228 Webster in Harrisburg is currently being executed (beginning at 4:35 p.m. this afternoon). A neighbor with a key had to be called to open the house and retrieve a little dog and accoutrements from the residence.
There is no official word on where Fort’s daughter, age 12, is currently. Unofficially, it’s been reported to Disclosure that DCFS officials have been notified of the situation, so she may be in their custody. Fort remains jailed at the Jackson County detention facility in Murphysboro on a quarter-million dollar bail ($25,000 cash bond.) First appearance information will be coming in the morning (or sooner if we can get it).
Short URL: http://www.disclosurenewsonline.com/?p=3993