Man charged after DNA shows he fathered young relative’s child: Prosecutors

Deanese Williams-HarrisContact ReporterChicago Tribune

A 42-year-old man was ordered held on $750,000 bail Thursday after DNA testing showed he was the father of a young relative’s child, officials said.

Frank Acevedo, of the West Lawn neighborhood, began touching the girl sexually not long after she turned 8, prosecutors said at a bond hearing Thursday

As the girl grew older, the sexual assaults escalated, prosecutors said. The girl became pregnant at 15, giving birth in 2013. Months after giving birth she told another relative that Acevedo was the father, prosecutors said.

A search warrant was issued against him and required Acevedo to submit to a DNA swab in August 2016. The victim and her child also were tested. Lab results dated in April came back with a 99.999 percent possibility of Acevedo being the father, prosecutors said.

Acevedo was arrested May 30, and charged with predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal criminal sexual assault. In his hearing Thursday, he was ordered held in lieu of $750,000 bail