Crime & Courts

Joliet Treatment Center inmate charged with tossing feces, spitting on officer

An inmate at the Joliet Treatment Center faces more felony charges after he was accused of throwing feces at a corrections treatment officer and spitting in another officer’s face.

On Friday, prosecutors charged Ronald Parker, 20, of Paris with two counts of aggravated battery in connection with two separate incidents that occurred last summer at the Joliet Treatment Center on McDonough Street. State records show the alleged victims work as corrections treatment officers at the facility.

Parker is serving a five-year prison sentence for an aggravated robbery conviction in Edgar County, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections. His projected release date is April 1, 2024.

At 3:35 p.m. on June 11, a corrections treatment officer was attempting to defuse a situation in a dorm at the facility when Parker threw feces through an open food port, striking the employee in the right leg, said Joliet police Sgt. Dwayne English.

At 8:45 a.m. on July 24, another employee was escorting Parker to the showers and Parker spat in the face of that employee, English said.

Judge Fred Harvey signed a $75,000 bond warrant for Parker’s arrest following an investigation by the Joliet Police Department.

Parker already faces two other aggravated battery charge for an incident that occurred on May 25 at the Joliet Treatment Center.

A grand jury returned an indictment that alleged Parker “squirted an unknown substance” from a bottle into the face of a nurse, which caused her to suffer a corneal abrasion.