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Joliet Woman Charged With Teen Sex Romp Allowed Around Youths at Work

A judge allowed Margarita Hernandez to be around youths while she works, but if she gets caught alone with any of them she could be in a lot of trouble.

The Joliet woman charged with setting up a sex date with a 15-year-old Chicago boy got permission to be around children while working at Midway airport—but if she gets caught alone with a youth the judge threatened to send her to prison for 21 years.

"If you violate any condition of your bond, especially the one I just modified in this fashion, I'm going to sentence you to the maximum consecutive sentences in the Department of Corrections," Judge Edward Burmila told Margarita Hernandez at her arraignment Thursday.

Hernandez, 32, was arrested Oct. 4 on charges she had sex with a 15-year-old Chicago boy during a prearranged July meeting at her home, police said. Hernandez shares that home with her boyfriend, 76-year-old veteran weekly newspaperman John Gabriel. Both Gabriel and Hernandez are precinct committeemen for the Troy Township Democrats.

Gabriel has claimed Hernandez was framed by enemies he made during his years in the weekly newspaper business. Gabriel wasn't about to name names, but he did accuse a Romeoville cop of once shooting at him and told of another Romeoville police officer luring him to a Burger King and then threatening him.

"They're punishing an innocent girl to try to get even with me, and it is a dirty, rotten shame," Gabriel said four days after Hernandez's arrest.

Hernandez was released from the county jail after her attorney, Steve Landis, .

But after she got out, Landis said Thursday, she was suspended without pay from her job as a manager with Southwest Airlines.

Hernandez has been employed with Southwest for 11 years, Landis said, and until her arrest, had never missed a day of work.

Southwest was concerned about Hernandez coming in contact with kids as she escorted passengers on and off of planes, Landis said.

Landis explained to the judge that even if Hernandez wanted to engage in illiicit behavior, the high security at Midway Airport would stop her from getting away with it.

Burmila agreed, but put his foot down about what he would do if Hernandez was found in any of the airports "confined areas" with a juvenile.

Hernandez faces up to seven years in prison on each of three counts in her indictment—one for vaginal penetration with the teen and two for oral. The sentences will run consecutively if she is found guilty.

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Like I said she may be wrong for doing it- but it is what many a fifteen year old boy dreams about.
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Wow a boyfriend more than twice her age, and a lover less than half her age guess she doesnt like her peer group
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I was 16 and had a 28 year old girlfriend...was no thing at all,I knew what I was doing,she knew what she was doing,that was that...we send people to prison,death and restrict them the rest of their lives but we support WHOLE COUNTRIES who say it is ok for a 30 year old to marry a 10 year old with weapons,food,healthcare,shelter for free out of good faith to their country...You have to take in consideration different situations..look at the teacher who had a kid with her student,jailed,prison,and when she got out he was of age,she was free and they got back together to raise their kid..to me it is different when it comes to an older man and a younger girl but a young boy with an older lady..in all honesty that does not bother me IF and I mean IF the situation is agreed upon...If you would of took my girlfriend when I was 16 I would of did what I would had to to see her. Just being honest...Thinkabout how many guys fanticized about being 40 and with a younger girl and young men wanting to bang their teachers,or an older lady....guess what ...It really happens..Welcome to the real world...and we will continue to have it forever..evaluation needs to play a part for the situations that come ..not a mandatory..Look at DUI what would happen if everyone got 5 years for thei first DUI think people would quit DUI..not at all you end up with most of your population labeled as criminals and high unemployment..
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