Man ID’d as masturbator near Oak Lawn
By STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org April 8, 2014 10:56PM
Updated: May 10, 2014 6:42AM
A witness on Tuesday placed an Oak Lawn man inside a car, fondling and exposing himself, while children played a few feet way near Cassell Elementary School a year ago.
John Gregus identified Daniel Vorberg in court as the man he saw in the car and testified that he took a photo of the license plate on the man’s BMW.
Vorberg, 30, of the 5000 block of 101st Street, is charged with public indecency and disorderly conduct for allegedly masturbating last April 30 while in his car at 112th Place and Spaulding Avenue.
Gregus told the jury that he had just got home from his job as a carpenter when his fiancee shouted to him that a man was masturbating in a car outside. Gregus said he ran outside, saw the man masturbating and snapped a photo with his cellphone as the man drove away.
“The windows were down, and he was pointing his phone at kids,” he testified.
During cross-examination, Vorberg’s attorney, Hal Garfinkel, asked Gregus if he had discussed the case earlier with his fiancee, who had testified earlier Tuesday, and Gregus said he had not.
Garfinkel asked Gregus why he didn’t take a photo of Vorberg masturbating, and Gregus said he had struggled to get his phone out of his pocket and turn on its camera.
After Gregus’ hourlong testimony, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Connolly adjourned the trial until Wednesday.
After the jury left the courtroom, Connolly told the lawyers that he expects to give the case to the jury on Wednesday. The prosecution indicated it has one other witness, and Garfinkel said he plans to call one witness on Wednesday.
A large crowd of residents from Chicago’s 19th Ward had dwindled to a few by the time court was adjourned, including Ald. Matt O’Shea, who this week had posted on Facebook a reminder that residents should try to attend the trial as a sign of neighborhood solidarity.
Vorberg’s mother was in court Tuesday, sitting in the front row nearest her son. She declined comment when approached by reporters.