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East Peoria Times-Courier - East Peoria, IL
  • Man sentenced to eight months for telephone harassment

  • Maximo Gonzalez will no longer be making obscene 911 phone calls.



    The 41-year-old man of Peoria — who has a history of calling public dispatchers and making grotesque comments — was sentenced to eight months in jail April 28 in Tazewell County Court after pleading guilty to telephone harassment, a class A misdemeanor.


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  • Maximo Gonzalez will no longer be making obscene 911 phone calls.
    The 41-year-old man of Peoria — who has a history of calling public dispatchers and making grotesque comments — was sentenced to eight months in jail April 28 in Tazewell County Court after pleading guilty to telephone harassment, a class A misdemeanor.
    “We hope this puts an end to it,” said Tazewell County State’s Attorney Stewart Umholtz. “It will give him some time to sit in jail and think about it.”
    Gonzalez was arrested by the East Peoria Police Department in December for telephone harassment, according to a police report.
    Between February 2009 and September 2009, a total of 682 obscene calls referring to sexual acts were made to the East Peoria Telecommunications Center with three cellular phones, according to the report.
    Another report also showed Gonzalez made more than 800 calls to the Peoria Police Department.
    According to the report, a Peoria police officer came to his residence at 511 S. Westmoreland the first week of September 2009 and told him to stop or the police would return for his arrest. At that time, Gonzalez said he destroyed the three phones and threw them into the garbage. 
    During the investigation in December by the East Peoria Police Department, a CD recording of seven of the calls was given to police. In one of the recordings, the male voices referred to “hairy legs,” which was consistent with an incident in 2005, when Gonzalez was found with multiple pictures of males’ bare legs in public places.
    He was arrested by East Peoria police for unauthorized videotaping and disorderly conduct and sentenced by the State’s Attorney’s Office.
    “He took photos of men’s legs in the bathroom of Wal-Mart,” said Detective Sgt. Shannon Swearingen.
    Umholtz said the eight-month sentence is near the maximum sentence of 12 months for that type of
    offense.
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