Catrell Walls, 18 faces a felony charge of predatory criminal sexual assault following the encounter that was allegedly caught on video from a West Chesterfield neighborhood home during a break in the girl’s online class Thursday afternoon.
According to the reports, the 7-year-old girl along with a handful of other students was logged into the Google Meets session. The microphone on that girl’s computer was muted however the camera was on.
Records show the teacher heard two other students say, “What is going on? What is happening?”. Prosecutors said the teacher saw the 7-year-old girl with her pants pulled down and Walls forcing her to perform oral sex. The teacher reported the incident to the school’s principal, who called the girl’s family, Chicago police, and authorities from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
As per the reports, the 7-year-old girl, who is Walls’ cousin, had been staying at their grandmother’s home during the school day. Prosecutors said the girl allegedly described a sexual assault and said it had happened before.
Walls was arrested and he allegedly admitted to what the teacher and students had seen on video, as well as other assaults of the girl since she turned 6.
“This ongoing history of assault, for approximately a year, according to the victim, leads me to believe this is not something that will just stop because I have ordered it to,” Judge Charles Beach said. “This history and his actions from this case lead me to believe that he is a threat to an individual and the community as a whole.”