BRAIDWOOD, IL — Just a few weeks after Braidwood’s convicted child sexual predator Jason Escalante tried to ride on a yellow school bus during a school field trip, Braidwood police have arrested Escalanate, once again, after he visited the Reed-Custer Elementary School property last week, court records show.
In the school bus incident, Escalanate stayed in the Will County Jail from May 5 until May 13, when his bail was cut from $10,000 to $5,000. Then, last Wednesday, Escalanate was booked into the jail again and this time his new bail is higher, it’s $25,000.
On May 25, Will County prosecutors charged the 32-year-old Escalanate with unlawful presence in a school zone. The criminal complaint states that Escalanate, a child sex offender, was knowingly present on property comprising a school, the Reed Custer Elementary School, where persons under the age of 18 were present in the school building.
According to the Braidwood police Facebook page, around 9 a.m. on May 24, officers saw Escalante, who is a known sex offender, drive through the front parking lot of the Reed-Custer Elementary School to drop off his girlfriend’s child. Escalante was taken into custody a short time later, and school officials were notified immediately, police noted.
Escalante’s next hearing at the Will County Courthouse is set for June 5 in Courtroom 405 of Will County Judge Dave Carlson.