On Tuesday, December 12, 2023, Muddy River News reported that Judge Robert Adrian had been removed from a felony case in Adams County involving text messages sent by an 18-year-old man to minors.

Giorgio Raad, an 18-year-old pre-med student from Quincy, appeared in Adams County Circuit Court for a hearing regarding charges against him. Raad faces one felony count of grooming and one misdemeanor count of sexual exploitation of a child. If found guilty, he could face probation up to three years in prison and would have to register as a sex offender.

The charges stem from allegations that on September 23, Raad used the internet to communicate and attempt to seduce, solicit or entice a 13-year-old girl. He allegedly sent pictures of his private parts to her and multiple sexual text messages. Raad is currently under home confinement and barred from internet access except for schoolwork or social media.

At the hearing, the Adams County State’s Attorney’s office had requested and been granted a change of judge in the case. Judge Robert Adrian was removed and replaced with Judge Tad Brenner. Assistant State’s Attorney Laura Keck filed the request but did not provide specifics for the decision. Sources told Muddy River News that victims’ rights advocates and the victim’s family had pushed for Adrian’s removal.

However, Keck said the ultimate decision belonged to the state’s attorney’s office. Adrian had previously ruled and then overturned his own guilty verdict in another controversial case involving sexual assault allegations against an 18-year-old male defendant.

Raad is represented by attorney Drew Schnack, who also represented the defendant in the previous case that sparked criticism of Judge Adrian. The Raad case is scheduled for the January jury docket in Adams County Circuit Court. Both the prosecution and defense are allowed one request per case for a change of judge.

The article provided background on the previous case involving Judge Adrian and the current deliberations of the Illinois Courts Commission to determine if his handling of that case amounted to judicial misconduct leading to possible punishment or removal.

 

Source: Muddy River News