Monroe firefighter charged with child molestation

A volunteer Monroe County firefighter has turned himself into the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office on charges of child molestation and aggravated sexual battery.

James Weeks, 42, of a Walton Way address in Bolingbroke, is charged with molesting two female children, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

He reported to the sheriff’s office Tuesday and was denied bond by a magistrate, the release said. He remains in custody at the Monroe County jail.

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Allison Selman-Willis would not say when the alleged incidents happened or discuss the nature of the relationship between Weeks and the children.

“We do not want to say anything else about the case because of the specific information that we need to have in place in order to finish our investigation,” she said.

Willis said other charges are not expected.

Weeks is employed by the city of Morrow Fire Department, in addition to volunteering in Bolingbroke.

Chief Mark Herendeen said Weeks has taken vacation from the department but has not been placed on administrative leave. He said Weeks notified him Tuesday that he would be turning himself into authorities, but he did not specify the details of the allegations.

“I knew that he was turning himself in. He briefed me on that,” Herendeen said. “He’s been with the department for two and a half years. He’s been a very good employee.”

To contact writer Ashley Tusan Joyner, call 744-4347.