Wife to alleged sex offender: Stay away
By Janet Lundquist firstname.lastname@example.org January 7, 2013 4:22PM
Updated: February 9, 2013 6:17AM
A Joliet man accused of having sex with a young girl for almost 10 years won’t be allowed to go home if he ever gets out of the county jail.
But Jason D. Hagerstrom, 35, is unlikely to post 10 percent of his $5 million bond, as he told a Will County judge Monday he could not afford to hire an attorney and had been living “paycheck to paycheck” before his Dec. 29 arrest.
Despite the $3,500 a month he said he earned as a truck driver, Hagerstrom was appointed a public defender by Judge Robert Livas during a brief court appearance Monday.
Hagerstrom was arrested last month on domestic battery charges for reportedly punching a teenage girl during an argument at his Raynor Avenue residence.
While he was being held by police, a mother and her 17-year-old daughter came to the Joliet police station where the teen told police she and Hagerstrom had a sexual relationship, authorities said. Hagerstrom confirmed the victim’s statement, authorities said.
On Jan. 3, Hagerstrom’s wife filed a petition for an order of protection that would prevent Hagerstrom from coming within 1,000 feet of her or her children.
In the petition, Amy Hagerstrom claims she and her husband fought a lot during their 12-year marriage, and that he became physically aggressive several times, shoving her against a wall, throwing things at her and hitting her arms and legs.
Authorities say Hagerstrom had engaged in various types of sex acts with the girl starting when she was about 8 years old, and told police he’d made videos of the encounters.
According to reports, a cell phone seized from Hagerstrom during his arrest has videos of him and the girl having sex.
Records show Hagerstrom has no prior criminal history. He faces two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, eight counts of criminal sexual assault and five counts of aggravated child pornography. If convicted, he could face 120 years in prison.
Hagerstrom is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 22.