Lately, we've published a number of stories on Hunter Hogan, a former Carroll County prosecutor who was disbarred last year.
Hogan admits he touched the breasts of a 17-year-old victim in a child pornography case that he had prosecuted. In Illinois, 17 is the age of consent for sexual contact, although an adult with authority over a 17-year-old is barred by law from having such relations.
Hogan, who is in his late 30s and now apparently lives in Cairo, Egypt, has never been charged.
His biggest defender seems to be the child pornography victim herself. We have yet to publish her name because she is the victim of a sex crime – the child pornography case. We don't typically name such victims in print.
Recently, the victim, now 21, sent me an email. I called her and confirmed she had written it.
She wanted to get the word out on a few issues. For starters, she wrote, "I am 100 percent against there being a misconduct investigation."
She said that she, as the victim, does not want an investigation or criminal charges.
"The government is spending money on a case that they have no business wasting time and money on. Why waste time and money punishing someone who I don't want to be punished?" she wrote. "I 100 percent disagree with the fact that Hunter was disbarred. ... Hunter did nothing wrong."
She ended her email by expressing her desire "to spend the rest of my life with Hunter. I can't do that as long as this is hanging over our heads."
As it happens, no law enforcement agency has investigated Hogan. But the state attorney disciplinary commission conducted an inquiry into Hogan's ethical issues, ultimately recommending the Supreme Court pull Hogan's law license, which it did.
When making prosecution decisions, the state must look out for the public interest, not just that of the victim. While a victim may urge prosecutors to drop a case, what's to say that the suspect won't find a new victim?
David Giuliani is a news editor for Sauk Valley Media. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-798-4085, ext. 525. Follow him on Twitter: @DGiuliani_SVM.