33-year-old Antoinette Perkins has agreed to a sentence of 30 months of probation in exchange for a guilty plea to the offense of official misconduct, Class 3 felony.
Kane County Associate Judge Salvatore LoPiccolo accepted the plea.
In addition to the probation term, Perkins must complete 100 hours of community service by Jan. 15, 2024, and she forfeits any future government employment, and she is to have no contact with the former Illinois Youth Center inmate.
Kane County State’s Attorney Jamie Mosser stated in court that in October 2020, Perkins engaged in sexual conduct with a resident at Illinois Youth Center–St. Charles. Perkins was an IYC juvenile justice specialist at the time. She resigned from the Illinois Department of Corrections in November 2020.
“Ms. Perkins was in a position of trust over this 18-year-old IYC inmate,” State’s Attorney Mosser said. “Her criminal actions are magnified because so many IYC inmates are from at-risk situations. They should be able to trust those who are there to look out for their best interests. Instead, Ms. Perkins betrayed the trust of the inmate she took advantage of, along with the community.
“A conviction for official misconduct means she can no longer be employed by the government in any capacity. My thanks to Investigator Jimmy Sullivan of the Illinois Department of Correction on his investigation that resulted in these charges along with the cooperative of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice to see that justice is done in this case.”
The Illinois Department of Corrections investigated the case.