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Dugan's criminal background
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Brian J. Dugan, circa 1985


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Published: 7/22/2009 4:33 PM | Updated: 11/5/2009 9:51 AM

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Jan. 23, 1972: His first documented arrest, for burglary, at 15. Court supervision.

Dec. 8, 1972: Burglarized a KFC in Aurora. Made off with at least $4,000, fled to Florida and Iowa, where suspected of more break-ins.

Feb. 19, 1973: Vandalized an Aurora middle school. Pleaded guilty to burglary. Suspended jail term.

Spring 1973: Three other burglaries to Kane County private schools. Imprisoned.

April 1, 1974: Burglarized an Aurora restaurant. He was 17.

April 21, 1974: Grabbed and scratched a 10-year-old girl in Lisle after asking her directions to a train station. Case dropped.

Spring 1974: Aurora burglary.

Oct. 4, 1974: Accused of trying to kick out squad car window and resisting a police officer during an arrest for sniffing glue.

July 29, 1975: Ignited an arson fire at Lincoln Elementary School in Villa Park.

July 30, 1975: Attacked his sister and vandalized her car.

Jan. 30, 1977: Burglarized two Aurora churches.

Jan. 18,1977: Abducted, sexually assaulted and threatened to kill an Elmhurst teacher before she escaped. He was never caught, but confessed years later.

May 1978: Burglarized a DuPage County home.

April 1979: Kane County burglary.

Aug. 23, 1982: Attacked a 22-year-old clerk at an Aurora gas station. Case dropped.

Feb. 25, 1983: Abducted, raped and murdered 10-year-old Naperville schoolgirl Jeanine Nicarico.

March 18-19, 1983: Burglarized an Addison business and struck a police officer. Case dropped.

Nov. 7, 1983: Beat, raped and robbed an Aurora prostitute. He was never charged, but confessed years later.

July 15, 1984: Abducted, raped and drowned 27-year-old Geneva nurse Donna Schnorr, whose body was found in a Kane County quarry.

May 6, 1985: Abducted a 21-year-old woman in North Aurora and sexually assaulted her.

May 28, 1985: Tried to force a 19-year-old Geneva woman into his car, but she escaped.

May 29, 1985: Raped a 16-year-old girl after abducting her in Aurora. She survived.

June 2, 1985: Abducted 7-year-old Melissa Ackerman in Somonauk, raped her, and dumped her body in a creek in LaSalle County.

* Does not include all juvenile and out-of-state adult convictions.

Source: Illinois Department of Corrections; DuPage and Kane court files; Daily Herald archives.