CATCHING UP: Sister of Moss accuser busted after Facebook messagesPosted by Jack Howser on Friday, June 29th, 2012 @ 12:02 pm.
A Rosiclare (Hardin County), Illinois woman has been charged in federal court with using the Internet to arrange sex acts with a minor, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
According to a criminal complaint filed June 27 in federal district court in Benton, Illinois, Heather M. Banks, 23, of Rosiclare, Illinois, is alleged to have used the Internet on June 18, 2012 to induce a minor to engage in illegal sex acts. The complaint further alleges that Banks was using the Internet to induce a minor to provide her with prescription medications in exchange for sex. The charged offense carries a penalty of from 10 years, up to life in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release from five years to life. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hardin County State’s Attorney’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas E. Leggans.
We just received a pic of this girl, courtesy Facebook assistance.
In the meantime, there are a couple of things about this case that we need to let you know about, that other media outlets aren’t advising.
Ms. Banks happens to be the sister to one of the girls who was later to accuse now-convicted Raymond Moss of sexual assault. One of Raymond’s defenses was that the girl, Jennifer Banks, was having sex with him in exchange for dope/pills; and that he was guilty of, if anything, dope exchange, but not of rape.
The other thing is that we were advised of Heather Banks’ alleged activities a long time before they were actually charged. We’d like to thank our astute Hardin County sources for bringing this to our attention in advance of the feds getting involved, but would also like to point out at this juncture that when this kind of thing is going on, unless we can get the approval of the minors’ parents, we can’t do ANYTHING about this kind of thing as far as a news story until it’s charged. That’s just the way it works. So if you know of wrongdoing going on with minors such as this (or other activity we’ve heard of going on in South Counties; just sayin), your job is to turn it over to authorities. We DO indeed want to know about it and will do a story on it for either here or the print version….but when minors are involved, we have to be very, very careful.
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