Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow personally agreed to let a Lockport Township High School IT guy get probation for having sex with a student, a lawyer said, but a prosecutor tried to hold up the deal at the last second.
"I'm not trying to pull back the offer," Assistant State's Attorney Steve Platek told Judge Robert Livas during a Tuesday morning hearing. But then Platek added, "I'm not willing to go forward."
The deal was for 42-year-old Timothy Hagan to get probation so long as a sex offender evaluation did not find him to be a high risk to re-offend. The evaluation did not find the Darien man to be a high risk to re-offend but the evaluator noted Hagan appeared less than "100 percent cooperative," Platek said.
Hagan's attorney, Terry Ekl, said Platek was pointing out "one sentence in a 17-page report." Judge Livas mentioned that the report was completed more than two weeks ago. Ekl said the issue wasn't raised until late last week.
"I think we have to make sure there isn't anything that would change (the evaluator's) recommendation," Platek explained.
Livas halted the hearing so Platek could call the evaluator and ask if he had changed his recommendation. When Platek returned he said the evaluator still believed Hagan was a low risk to re-offend.
Hagan and the then 17-year-old high school senior had developed a friendship before they started having sex in the spring of 2009. When questioned by the Lockport police prior to his arrest in 2011, Hagan admitted to having sex with the teen, police said.
During the hearing, Hagan apologized to the young woman, her family and to Lockport Township High School.
"They counted on me and I failed them as well," said Hagan, who on top of the three years probation must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Hagan also said he has learned the importance of respecting the "trust between an adult and a youth."