Youth home security guard sexually abused 14-year-old resident, prosecutors say

Antonio Hopkins (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a security guard sexually abused a 14-year-old girl who was receiving care at a children’s facility in Bronzeville, and Chicago police are continuing their investigation to see if other kids have been victimized.

Antonio Hopkins, 33, worked as a security guard at the facility, located in the 5000 block of South Michigan Avenue, prosecutors said Thursday. He was allegedly responsible for watching the girl, who lived at the center.

Between May 1 and August 21 last year, Hopkins placed his hands on the girl’s breasts over her clothing multiple times, officials said. The girl reported the abuse to a friend, and authorities began an investigation.

According to a statement from CPD, detectives are looking for any additional children Hopkins may have harmed. Police encouraged anyone who has been victimized or may know a victim to contact the Special Investigations Unit at 312-492-3810.

Prosecutors charged Hopkins with one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child under 18 by a person in a position of trust. While the state asked Judge Charles Beach to detain Hopkins before trial, Beach opted to release him with a nighttime curfew, according to court records.

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