Theodia Gillespie, the CEO of the Quad County Urban League in Aurora, longtime close friend of Mayor Tom Weisner, his campaign co-chair and confidant, has been working behind-the-scenes to support and get her employee/friend, Shammrie Brown, out of jail after he was arrested and charged along with two others for sexual assault against a Joliet woman.
Instead of suspending or removing Brown from the Quad County Urban League after he was formally charged, speaking up loudly for the victim of sexual assault, she's been working hard to get others in the community to apply pressure to the judge and prosecutors to get freedom for Mr. Brown.
She even asked State Rep. Linda Chapa-LaVia to testify at a recent hearing in court to reduce his bond that Brown is a "devout Christian" after having him as an intern.
The excuses Gillespie and others are making for Brown are that he allegedly didn't rape the girl like his other two friends did. He only allegedly watched and didn't stop it as if somehow that is less offensive.
But, he allegedly admitted to police that he touched the victim in an inappropriate manner after she had been raped by two of his friends, trying to arouse himself.
And, according to law enforcement sources, that is partly why he's been charged with sexual assault. His inability to go forward with a rape in the same manner as his two friends doesn't mean he didn't commit any sexual assault.
Gillespie has made frantic phone calls across the community to find ways to reduce Brown's bail, differentiate him from the others and claim he's supposedly a model person.
How many model citizens do you know would do nothing to stop a rape and watch?
How many would try to become aroused by touching the victim's "thigh" after she had been raped?
How many model citizens would do nothing even after the incident or the next day?
And what type of model citizen is Theodia Gillespie?
As the leader of an organization, the Quad County Urban League, which receives substantial funding from taxpayers thanks to her good friend Mayor Tom Weisner, dealing with youth that is sending the message that if you know the right people who can use their positions, maybe a charge of sexual assault shouldn't be considered so bad.
Sexual assault is a serious crime and police are investigating to determine if there are any other victims from any other situations.
Theodia Gillespie has spent the last 7 years getting her way at taxpayer expense thanks to Weisner.
Now, when she has finally had to deal with a situation that hasn't been rigged, controlled or manipulated in her favor, she's focused on setting someone free who has been accused of sexual assault.
We say Theodia Gillespie should free herself to do whatever she wants...just not as CEO of Quad County Urban League and getting our taxdollars.