DANVILLE — David Woodrow, a former middle school show choir and theatrical production assistant, entered a plea agreement Tuesday morning, avoiding a jury trial and getting five out of six charges against him dismissed.
Woodrow, 44, plead guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse — the second count, and a class 2 felony — before Judge Nancy Fahey at the Vermilion County Courthouse.
Fahey sentenced him to 48 months probation, ordered him to have no contact with the victim, register as a sex offender, undergo sex offender probation and gave him credit for two days already served in the Vermilion County Public Safety Building. He also owes $2,514 in costs, fees and fines.
Woodrow was arrested by Danville police July 17, 2018, on aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a male who was 15 years old at the time. According to court records, two incidents occurred in 2011 and one in 2012.
The Vermilion County State’s Attorney’s office filed six counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse:
• Three counts are based on the victim being between 13 and 17 years old, with the defendant being at least five years older than the victim.
• Three counts are based on the victim being between 13 and 18 years old, with the defendant holding a position of trust, authority or supervision over the victim, State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy said.
The victim, making a statement before the sentencing Tuesday, said the abuse went on for six years.
Directing his comments at the court, a room full of supporters and also directly at Woodrow, he said he didn't think he would go to the police at first, telling himself that his mentor had only made a mistake and that there was still good in him.
"Now I know who you really are," he said.
The young man also said that he later abused himself for a year by remaining silent, and that the courts have abused him for dragging the case out for another two.
"You stole my childhood away from me," he told Woodrow.
He stated Woodrow gave minors alcohol and showed pornographic videos, and that several other victims have not come forward.
Woodrow was known to assist his wife, Jennifer, with show choir and theatrical productions at North Ridge Middle School. Jennifer, who is a Danville District 118 employee, is the choral director for the award-winning North Ridge Middle School Red Coats and Radiant Reds, as well as South View Upper Elementary School’s Green Machine, and directs shows in the Beef House Dinner Theatre.
Clarification: David Woodrow was not a District 118 employee.