Forest Park man’s child porn case going to grand jury

The Cook County State’s Attorney will seek a grand jury indictment against Forest Park resident Eric S. Whealdon.

Whealdon, who turned 50 over the weekend, learned that news Sept. 22 at the Maybrook courthouse. Dressed in a casual blue-striped shirt and khakis, he stood outside the courtroom following the hearing with family members and his attorney, Robert Robertson.

Robertson declined any comment regarding the case except to acknowledge that the next court date is Oct. 15. 

Forest Park police say they learned of Whealdon’s alleged activities after the National Center for Exploited Children contacted the Cook County State’s Attorney saying that Whealdon had emailed numerous images of child pornography. 

Forest Park police initiated a joint investigation with the Cook County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. 

A search warrant on Whealdon’s rented residence reportedly recovered his computer, which allegedly contained “multiple images of child pornography.”

 Missing girl found after crash 

Forest Park police, on Sept. 26, arrested a 22-year-old Maywood man wanted by the Illinois Department of Corrections for a parole violation and also recovered a 17-year-old girl reported missing out of Schaumburg.

About 12:25 a.m., police were flagged down at the intersection of Madison Street and Elgin Avenue by a 25-year-old man claiming to be the victim of a hit-and-run driver. The man told police his vehicle had been rear-ended by a Ford Taurus that left the area when the victim got out of his car to inspect the damage.

The victim was able to get the license plate of the offending car, which was stopped by a River Forest police officer on Madison Street just west of the Des Plaines River bridge.

The driver of the offending vehicle, later identified as Juan Dawson, told police he fled the scene because he didn’t want to get into any trouble. Police learned he was wanted for a parole violation and also didn’t possess a driver’s license.

Dawson had been paroled from the Stateville Correctional Center, where he had been sentenced to serve 18 months for retail theft, on July 22. The passenger in Dawson’s vehicle turned out to be a girl reported missing out of Schaumburg. She was placed in protective custody and later turned over to Schaumburg police.

Dawson was cited for several traffic offenses and was extradited by the IDOC for the parole violation.


A tenant at an apartment building in the 7200 block of Franklin Street contacted police on Sept. 27 to report that items were missing from her bedroom. The resident said she noticed the property, consisting of an El Cazador coin pendant valued at $633 and a Frederique Constant watch valued at $1,000, around the end of August.

Around that time some work was being done on the apartment building and on one day she discovered that work had been done around the frame of her door, which would have required workers to be present inside the apartment.

The woman said she was never informed the work was to take place or gave permission for anyone to be in her apartment.

On Sept. 27, Hector A. Garcia, 22, of Maywood, was charged with burglary to a motor vehicle after he was allegedly found to possess an insurance card and registration from a 2006 Chevy that had been broken into in Forest Park the previous day as it sat parked in the 100 block of Rockford Avenue.

Garcia was arrested on Sept. 27 by River Forest police and reportedly found the documents in his possession. According to the police report, Garcia admitted breaking into the Chevy, which was unlocked. Police also reported recovering Garcia’s fingerprints from the driver’s side of the Chevy.

A resident of the 7300 block of Dixon Street called police on Sept. 21 to report that, sometime during the overnight hours, someone had entered his 2011 Subaru Impreza and removed the Pioneer DVD/CD/radio, valued at $650, from the dashboard along with a pair of Adidas gym shoes, valued at $120.

The vehicle was parked in the rear of an apartment building. The vehicle’s owner said he locked it, but police reported no signs of forced entry.

A resident of the 1000 block of Circle Avenue called police on Sept. 22 to report that someone stole a bike trailer, valued at $530, from her garage during the overnight hours. There were no signs of forced entry.

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department and Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Sept. 22-29, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.

 —Compiled by Bob Uphues and Bill Dwyer