Round Lake Beach man held on child molesting charges

Published: 6/4/2010 4:23 PM

A Round Lake Beach man is held on $250,000 bond on charges he repeatedly molested a 13-year-old girl.

Daniel Catalano, 26, faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Louise Hayes said Catalano, of the 900 block of Hillwood Circle, was arrested May 29 by Round Lake Heights police. Hayes said Catalano and the victim, a student at Round Lake Middle School, would meet after she was released from classes for the day.

Between April 20 and May 15, Hayes said, Catalano molested the girl four times. The attacks took place at an abandoned house near the school, Catalano's residence and the victim's residence, Hayes said.

The girl's mother became suspicious of her relationship with Catalano, Hayes said, and her daughter admitted the sexual activity when her mother confronted her.

Hayes said Catalano is due to appear in court June 30.