CHICAGO, Illinois – Chicago Police identified Ernesto Alonso the Chicago Park District employee who was allegedly caught on camera sexually assaulting a woman with special needs.
According to prosecutors, Alonso was working as a coach at a special recreation program at Harrison Park as part of the Special Olympics, and the woman, who has the mental capacity of a 3-year-old girl, had attended the program for many years.
The prosecution pointed out that in the video of August 3, the alleged attacker of the woman can be seen wearing the district’s shirt, and asking her to bathe after committing the alleged acts.
The victim’s mother indicated that on Fridays the employees, including Alonso, visited the houses of the participants and left them gifts outside. On one occasion, Alonso entered the woman’s apartment when her mother was away, and that led to the mother being suspicious and installing the cameras, prosecutors said.
A judge denied Alonso the right to bail. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Park District said Alonso was on an “emergency suspension” from his job, pending the outcome of an investigation.