COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Student Kory Lindsey led a learning-disabled girl to the band room at Gage Park High School, and then threatened to "never talk to her again" unless she did what he wanted, prosecutors said Friday.
Then, Lindsey allegedly made the 15-year-old girl perform a sex act on him while another student served as a lookout.
Lindsey and Bernard Strong now face aggravated criminal sexual assault charges for the Feb. 20 incident. Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. set bond for both men at $350,000 at a hearing Monday.
The 15-year-old student "has the cognitive function of a second-grader," prosecutors said. But she knew what was happening in the band room was wrong.
"The victim indicated to the defendant that she did not want to do this, but [Lindsey] threatened the victim that he would never talk to her again unless she complied," Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Sexton said during the teens' bond hearing.
Sexton said last week, Lindsey allegedly led the girl out of the lunchroom to the band room on the third floor of the school at 5630 S. Rockwell St. There, behind a filing cabinet, he allegedly forced her to perform a sex act while Strong stood watch at the door, Sexton said.
At that point, more students came into the room. When an ROTC instructor entered the band room, all the students except Strong fled, prosecutors said.
Defense attorney Jack Wilk, appearing in court on behalf of both men, said Lindsey and Strong, both 18, are on the Gage Park wrestling team.
In arguing for a low bond amount, Wilk said Lindsey lives with his mother and three sisters on the South Side, and that Strong is staying with the reverend of a neighborhood church.
A CPS official said the district could not comment on the incident due to privacy concerns.
No one responded at the home of Lindsey Friday night. Strong's mother and sister told DNAinfo.com Chicago Friday night they were advised by their attorney not to talk to the media about the incident.