Campton Twp. mom, son charged with domestic battery, resisting arrest

Son charged with felony aggravated battery-strangulation

CAMPTON TOWNSHIP – A mother and son were both charged with domestic battery – he additionally with felony aggravated battery-strangulation – in connection with a child custody issue and his former girlfriend, according to Kane County Sheriff’s reports and court records.

Maxwell J. Gonyea, 18, of the 5N300 block of Hanson Road, Campton Township, was also charged June 17 with interfering with the reporting of domestic violence and resisting arrest, court and police reports show.

Julie Ann Valentine, 59, of the same address, was charged June 17 with one count of domestic battery and two counts of resisting arrest, all misdemeanors, according to police and court records.

Their arrests stem from a June 16 incident to the Hanson Road residence, when deputies were called there shortly after 4 p.m., according to sheriff’s reports.

Valentine called police to report that a former girlfriend of her son was egging her house, the report stated.

The girlfriend told deputies she and Gonyea had a court date that morning involving their child – who is in state custody – but that Gonyea did not come to court and she was upset, the report stated.

She said she bought a carton of eggs, went to the Hanson Road address and threw eggs at the house, the report stated.

She said Gonyea came out, tackled her in the grass, held her down and placed his hands around her neck, preventing her from breathing, the report stated.

She said Gonyea then grabbed the lanyard from around her neck – which contained her apartment key and pepper spray – and that he pepper-sprayed her in the eyes, mouth and nose, the report stated.

And while this was going on, the victim told deputies that Valentine was hitting her in the back and butt area, the report stated.

The victim got away from them and started going towards her car to get her cell phone to call for help, but that she could not see anything on her phone to call – and then Gonyea grabbed her phone to prevent her from calling 911, the report stated.

Deputies observed red marks on her neck and throat area, a small red area above her left eye, the report stated. Paramedics from Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District flushed her eyes with water before she was taken to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva for treatment, the report stated.

Deputies found a cell phone with a smashed screen near the easement between the yard and where a vehicle was parked on the street; they also found a broken car key, which they took to the hospital where the victim was being treated.

Valentine also signed a no trespass order against the victim, which was also given to her at the hospital, the report stated.

Valentine told deputies that she had made contact with the victim and would go with them – but then she said she would not allow them to talk to her son without a warrant, the report stated.

“Julie then backed up against the sliding glass door and shoved Maxwell inside of the residence,” the report stated. “The sliding glass door was partially open and I observed her to be trying to step back as to avoid being taken into custody.”

The deputy told Valentine she was going with him and if she was not going to allow him to speak to her son, that he would obtain a warrant, the report stated.

“She continued backwards as if she was going back into the house and avoid being placed into custody,” the report stated. “At that time, I grabbed Julie’s forearm to gain control and prevent her from entering the residence avoiding arrest and Maxwell grabbed her around her body and started to pull her into the residence away from deputies.”

Eventually deputies separated Gonyea and Valentine and placed both under arrest, the report stated.

Aggravated battery with strangulation is a Class 3 felony, punishable by two to five years in prison and fines up to $25,000, if convicted.

Both were released on their own recognizance with instructions to stay away from the victim and her apartment. Gonyea has a court date of July 13 and Valentine has a court date of July 23, court records show.