The half-sister of accused murderer Jack McCullough told a DeKalb County courtroom today that McCullough and two of his acquaintances sexually assaulted her in 1962 after he had given her a ride in a convertible.
McCullough, 72, formerly of Sycamore and most recently from Seattle, is on trial for rape and taking indecent liberties with a child. The charges are separate from the allegations of murder he faces in the death of a 7-year-old Sycamore girl in 1957.
Jeanne Tessier, 64, a Kentucky resident, said she was 14 when the alleged attack took place in Sycamore sometime in 1962.
On the day in question, she said, McCullough, then in his early 20s, had shown up at the family house driving a convertible that he said belonged to a friend. Tessier said she had never ridden in one and she asked for a ride.
Once inside, she said, McCullough's demeanor darkened.
"I knew I had made a terrible mistake. I knew I was in danger," Tessier said.
She said he took her to a residence somewhere in town and raped her, and then offered her to three other young men who had shown up. Two of them assaulted her, Tessier said.
McCullough, a former police officer, is awaiting trial for the 1957 murder of Maria Ridulph, 7, who disappeared from Sycamore and whose body was found months later.
McCullough allegedly left Illinois shortly after the discovery of Maria's body, but he periodically returned to visit. He was arrested at his Seattle home in June 2011. The investigation into the girl’s murder led to the rape charges, officials said.
The rape trial, a bench trial before Judge Robbin Stuckert, is continuing this afternoon and is expected to conclude tomorrow in DeKalb County court in Sycamore.
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