DuPage County news briefs

On June 4, the City of Naperville and the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce jointly hosted a dedication ceremony for the opening of Naperville Jaycees Park, located on the north lawn of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.


Ex-probation officer pleads

guilty to sexual misconduct

A former DuPage County Probation Officer last week entered a plea of guilty to having inappropriate sexual contact with a female probationer whose case he was monitoring.

Christian Nunez, 33, of Naperville, appeared in court  last week and entered his plea to one count of Official Misconduct and one count of Custodial Sexual Misconduct. Both charges are a Class 3 Felony punishable by up to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

In May 2017, Nunez began serving as the victim’s probation officer after her release from the County Jail. During her probation, Nunez began contacting the victim from his personal cell telephone.

On several occasions, Nunez sent naked photographs of himself to the woman and requested that she send naked photos and videos of herself. On March 11, 2018, Nunez went to the woman’s home and instructed her to perform oral sex on him, which she did. Following the encounter, the woman alerted the Lombard Police Department who conducted an investigation into the matter.

“As a government official, Christian Nunez took advantage of his position and of his victim simply to satisfy his own sexual desires,” State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said. “What he did is beyond disgusting and thanks to the outstanding work of the Lombard Police Department, he will be held accountable.”


City, Jaycees host joint  dedication of new park

The City of Naperville and the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce jointly last week hosted a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the grand opening of Naperville Jaycees Park, located on the north lawn of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.

The 12,500-sq. ft. park, which is free and open to the public, includes accessible and stepped entrances, permanent seating for 71 guests, 26 electrical outlets and two quick-charging stations.

Free public WiFi, appropriately named “JayceesPark,” is available and canopies and trellises provide sun protection. Eco-friendly amenities include permeable pavers and rain gardens. In addition, 161 solar panels installed on the roof of the Municipal Center produce enough energy to power the park.

The “smart park” concept was introduced at Mayor Chirico’s 2017 State of the City address following input from the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce and community entrepreneurs regarding the desire for flexible workspace near Naperville’s downtown. Over $580,000 was pledged to the park’s construction and maintenance from community members and organizations, including a $200,000 donation over 10 years from the Naperville Jaycees, who are the lead donor and namesake of the park.

For more information about the Naperville Jaycees Park, visit www.naperville.il.us/jayceespark.


Woman charged with sealing  $175,000 from former employer

A former employee of a Bensenville automobile business has been accused of stealing more than $175,000 from the now-defunct business.

Rungnapa Correia, 48, of Schaumburg, appeared at a bond hearing last week where Judge Brian Telander set bond at $25,000 with 10% to apply.

Correia was employed as an accountant for Yukikiaze Auto from 2002 until the business closed in 2017. As part of her duties, Correia was responsible for the business’s payroll. It is alleged that between October 2010 and June 2017, Correia wrote unauthorized checks to herself and deposited checks that were made out to cash in her own personal account.

The alleged thefts were uncovered by the victim after completing an audit following the closing of the business. After uncovering the alleged thefts, the business contacted the Bensenville Police Department.“It is alleged that Ms. Correia took advantage of the trust placed in her by Yukikiaze Auto to line her own pockets with more than $175,000 of the business’s money,” State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said. “Fortunately, Yukikiaze Auto uncovered the alleged thefts and alerted authorities”