MOUNT CARROLL – A former Carroll County prosecutor who admitted to improperly touching a victim in a child pornography case was the target of a restraining order in June.
In March, the state Supreme Court suspended the legal license of Hunter Hogan until it could make a final decision on his status, which is expected later this year or early next.
On June 14, the victim, now 20, asked for an emergency order of protection against Hogan in Whiteside County Court, according to online court records. The court found Hogan had committed an act of abuse under Illinois law. Four days later, the court dismissed the order at the victim’s request.
In an interview this week, she said she never sought the order. She said she knew who did, but wouldn’t say who.
“I’m working with an attorney to have [the order] withdrawn and sealed,” she said. “Hunter packed up and went on a road trip. I think he’s having a midlife crisis. We haven’t parted ways. We’re all good.”
Sauk Valley Media is not printing the woman’s name because it doesn’t typically identify people believed to be victims in sex crimes.
At the time of the order, she said, she was in the hospital because of a car accident, but that doesn’t square with the timeline on her Facebook page. In a June 17 posting, she said her car was totaled in an accident. “My neck, back and arms are killing me,” she wrote.
On July 9, she posted she was going to the emergency room.
All of this happened after the June 14 court appearance. She attended the hearing with a representative of an agency that advocates for domestic violence victims, according to online court records.
On June 13, Hogan, 38, wrote in his blog that he had moved out of her apartment, which is in Fulton. They had stayed together for 11 months, he said.
“I have been trying to leave [her] for many months, but she has actively blocked all of my attempts to leave,” Hogan said.
Before he left, she read a list of events that happened during their 11 months together, he said.
“She described many things that happened, and in her descriptions, I am a monster, I am overbearing and verbally abusive, I control her life,” Hogan wrote.
In 2009, Hogan developed a close relationship with the girl and her family. The defendant’s attorney thought Hogan was so close that he questioned the prosecutor’s impartiality.
In response, Hogan asked his boss, State’s Attorney Scott Brinkmeier, to take him off the case. Brinkmeier handled it after that.
In early 2010, after the girl turned 17, Hogan – by his own admission – kissed her and touched her breasts. In Illinois, the age of consent for sexual contact is 17, although an adult with authority over a 17-year-old is barred by law from having such relations.
According to the state Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Hogan engaged in criminal sexual abuse with the victim and made sexual advances toward a defendant in another criminal matter that he was prosecuting.
In early 2010, State’s Attorney Brinkmeier found out about the accusations that Hogan was making advances toward the defendant. He told Hogan he must resign or be fired. Hogan, who had worked in the office since 2008, decided to quit.
Carroll County’s online court records show no criminal charges against Hogan.
Brinkmeier hasn’t returned messages for comment.