Former Henry County Jail Administrator Appears in Court for Disseminating Sexual Images of Two Women


Former Henry County Jail Administrator, Jerrico Lessard, had his first appearance in court since he was issued a notice to appear for four counts of disseminating a sexual image without permission. Lee County State’s Attorney Charles Boonstra and First Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Brim will prosecute the case for Henry County.

Judge James Cosby read the charges to Jerrico Lessard on May 20th, and scheduled a Preliminary Hearing for June 3, 2024, at 2 PM. Lessard is charged with disseminating an image of two women who were at least 18 years of age and were identifiable from the image or information displayed in connection with the image.  The image depicted the women with their intimate parts exposed, in whole or in part, and the defendant obtained the image under circumstances under which a reasonable person would know or understand that the image was to remain private, and the defendant knew or should have known that the women had not consented to the dissemination. Counts 1-3 are for disseminating sexual images of woman one on or about October 14, 2023, and count 4 is for disseminating a sexual image of woman two on or about June 2, 2023.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office was contacted on January 7, 2024, with allegations regarding off-duty misconduct by jail administrator Jerrico Lessard. The Sheriff’s Office began an internal investigation into the allegations the next day and placed Lessard on paid administrative leave. The Illinois State Police were contacted to conduct an independent investigation.

Jerrico J.C. Lessard is charged with four counts of Nonconsensual Dissemination of a Sexual Image (Class 4 Felony).

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