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$2 million bond for man accused of assaulting disabled woman
By Christy Gutowski | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 6/19/2009 12:00 AM

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A Lombard man was ordered held Thursday on a $2 million bond after authorities accused him of molesting a mentally challenged woman despite a protective order barring him from contact.

Shreya Lal, 20, is charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault, intimidation, unlawful interference with the reporting of domestic violence and unlawful violation of an order of protection.

Authorities said his accuser is 20, but functions mentally at a kindergarten age with an IQ in the 50s. She lives with her mother, who obtained a May 15 protective order in DuPage County on behalf of her daughter against Lal, described as the girl's boyfriend. In the order, Lal is accused of physical and sexual violence.

Despite the protective order, Lal is charged with sexually assaulting the young woman June 15 in his parent's home on the 100 block of Regency Drive in Lombard after convincing her to come there to see him. Prosecutor Demetri Demopoulos said he took the woman's cellular phone and threatened to hurt her if she went to police.

"He said if she went to the police, he would hunt her down," Demopoulos said.

The alleged attack was so violent, the woman sought treatment at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for her physical injuries.

Lal was placed on court supervision last year after he was convicted of public indecency while exposing himself in Westmont. Prosecutors said he also was investigated, but never charged, with offering to pay another mentally challenged girl $5,000 to perform a sex act in October 2008 as she skipped down the street from a Pace bus stop in Lombard.

"The defendant is a sexual predator of mentally handicapped adults," Demopoulos said. "He told police he has been an untreated sexual addict since his teenage years."

DuPage Associate Judge Peter Ostling set the $2 million bond Thursday.

Lal must post the required 10 percent, or $200,300, which includes fees, to be set free. Ostling also ordered Lal to wear a GPS ankle bracelet and remain on home confinement should he post bail. Lal is due to be arraigned next month.