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Army Specialist charged with sexually assaulting young female relative

(WHEATON) An active-duty soldier sexually assaulted a young female relative over a period of more than two years while staying at her family’s home in west suburban Oak Brook, according to prosecutors.

Army Specialist Andrew Hui, 36, of Oak Brook, was ordered held on a $750,000 bond Tuesday by Judge James Orel, after he was charged with one count of predatory criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office.

From April 2011 through June 2013, “Hui sexually assaulted his victim on multiple occasions while he was staying with the victim’s family at her home in Oak Brook,” a statement from prosecutors said.

The incidents “came to light when the victim alerted her father what Hui had allegedly done to her,” according to prosecutors. Her father called Oak Brook police, who contacted the DuPage County Children’s Center.

Hui was arrested without incident Tuesday afternoon and is next scheduled to appear in court June 22 before Judge Liam Brennan.

“What is particularly disturbing in this case is that the accused is not only a trusted family member, but he is also an Army Specialist and as such was looked up to by his victim,” state’s attorney Robert Berlin said in the statement. “He allegedly repaid that trust and admiration by sexually assaulting his victim in the most despicable manner imaginable.”

Blue Star Museums offering free admission to active-duty military families starting Monday

(CHICAGO) More than 40 museums in the Chicago area are offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families this summer as part of the Blue Star Museums program.

The program runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. It allows any active duty military servicemember, including National Guard and Reserve personnel, plus five relatives to visit participating museums for free, according to its website.

Forty-one museums in Chicago area are participating in the Blue Star Museums program this year — including the Museum of Science and Industry, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Morton Arboretum and several Frank Lloyd Wright sites, among many others.

Visitors should bring a military ID, according the program’s website. There is no limit to the number of museums that eligible participants can visit. Active duty members do not need to be present in order for their families to receive free admission to Blue Star Museums.

More than 2,000 museums nationwide participate in the program, which is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense. More information is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

According to the program’s website, participating institutions in the city of Chicago include:

  • Bronzeville Children’s Museum
  • Clarke House Museum
  • Ed Paschke Art Center
  • Emil Bach House – Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
  • Glessner House Museum
  • Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
  • Leather Archives & Museum
  • McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • National Museum of Mexican Art
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • Robie House – Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
  • Smart Museum of Art
  • Swedish American Museum
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
  • The Rookery – Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Participating suburban museums include:

  • SciTech Hands On Museum in Aurora
  • Elgin Public Museum in Elgin
  • Elmhurst Historical Museum in Elmhurst
  • Lizadro Museum of Lapidary Art in Elmhurst
  • Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston
  • Glen Ellyn Historical Society in Glen Ellyn
  • Great Lakes Naval Museum in Great Lakes
  • Joliet Area Historical Museum in Joliet
  • The Morton Arboretum in Lisle
  • The Museums at Lisle Station Park in Lisle
  • Lombard Historical Society in Lombard
  • Naper Settlement in Naperville
  • Northbrook Historical Society in Northbrook
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak park
  • Little White School Museum in Oswego
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie
  • Air Classics Museum in Sugar Grove
  • Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda
  • Wauconda Township Historical Society in Wauconda
  • Kruse House Museum – West Chicago Historical Society in West Chicago
  • Gregg House Museum in Westmont
  • DuPage County Historical Museum in Wheaton
  • First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton
  • Robert R. McCormick Museum at Cantigny in Wheaton

Company charged with exporting, importing military components to China

(ARLINGTON HEIGHTS) The president of a west suburban supply company and a former employee were recently indicted on federal charges for illegally exporting and importing military components to manufacturers in China.

Some of the materials exported include components used in night vision systems and the M1A1 Abrams tank, the U.S. Armed Forces’ main battle tank, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.

Arlington Heights-based Vibgyor Optical Systems, it’s president and a former employee were charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in January and made public this week, the statement said.

Vibgyor tried to manufacture optics and optical systems, including items that were to be supplied to the Department of Defense, but instead of manufacturing the items domestically, as it claimed, Vibgyor sent the technical data and samples of military articles to manufacturers in China, the department said.

The company then imported the items from China to sell to its customers, which included the DOD, the statement said.

Bharat Victor Verma, 74, of Arlington Heights, who is president of Vibgyor and former Vibgyor employee Urvashi Sonia Verma, 40, of Chicago, were each charged in the indictment.

Between November 2006 and March 2014, the defendants conspired to defraud the United States and violate both the Arms Export Control Act and International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the statement said.

The Arms Export Control Act prohibits the export or import of defense articles and defense services without first obtaining a license from the U.S. Department of State and is one of the principal export control laws in the United States. Under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, any person seeking to import items designated as defense articles on the United States Munitions Import List is required to obtain a permit to do so from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the department said.

Vibgyor won subcontracts to supply optical components and systems to DOD prime contractors by misrepresenting the manufacture location of the items it supplied, the department said. Bharat Verma falsely claimed the items supplied were manufactured domestically, when they actually had been manufactured in China.

In addition to illegally providing technical data for a military item to China, Urvashi Verma attempted to ship an example of one of the military items to the Chinese manufacturer, the department said.

Both are charged with one count of conspiracy to violate both the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations; one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States — each offense punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment — and one count of violating the Arms Export Control Act, which has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million, the statement said.

The two were also charged with international money laundering, an offense with a maximum possible sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment and a fine up to $500,000.

The defendants were scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 20.

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