Paroled murderer, working as janitor, raped girl in Loop doctor’s office

Anthony McClore | CPD

A paroled murderer raped a 14-year-old girl in a closet at a Loop medical office building where he worked as a janitor while the victim’s parents met with a doctor, prosecutors alleged this week.

Judge Susana Ortiz ordered Anthony McClore, 61, held in lieu of $750,000 bail.

McClore was found guilty of two counts of murder in 1996 and received concurrent 45-year prison sentences, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records. He was released in 2018 after serving half of that time and went to work for a janitorial service, his public defender said.

On November 23, McClore was working as a janitor when he offered a soda to the 14-year-old girl as she waited for her parents in a medical building on the 1100 block of South Delano Court, according to Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy and CPD records. He then took the girl to a room where he offered her money for sex, tried to kiss her, and gave her his phone number, Murphy said.

McClore saw the girl again one week later when she and her parents returned to the doctor’s office.

Once again, he took her to a room and offered her money to do sexual things, Murphy alleged. The girl initially allowed him to perform a sex act because she wanted money, but McClore then raped her while putting his hand around her neck and mouth, Murphy said.

McClore repeatedly told the girl that he is a sex addict during the attack and said she should just let him do it as she tried to push him off, according to Murphy.

The girl outcried to her parents on December 5 and went to a counselor with her mother the next day. Both women called the number McClore allegedly gave to the victim and recorded their conversation with him.

McClore denied the sexual allegations during the call. Instead, he said, the girl sought him out because she wanted to have her parents murdered, and he has experience with such things, Murphy said.

The counselor contacted state authorities and Chicago police. Officers arrested McClore on March 2.

He told police that he knew the girl from his job at the doctor’s office and again claimed she wanted to hire him to kill her parents, Murphy continued. Prosecutors charged him with criminal sexual assault by force and aggravated criminal sexual assault abuse.

McClore’s attorney told Judge Ortiz that he moved from the city to Kankakee this year and said he now works for a popcorn factory in Chicago. He has 12 children and 45 grandchildren, the attorney said.

“Why a 61-year-old man who’s a janitor at a doctor’s office would provide a 14-year-old with a phone number is beyond me,” Ortiz said after hearing the state’s allegations.

She ordered McClore to go on electronic monitoring if he can post a $75,000 deposit bond to get out of jail.

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