Moline to honor officers who cracked online sex case

Posted Online: Aug. 11, 2014, 8:06 pm
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By Dawn Neuses, dneuses@qconline.com
MOLINE -- The Moline City Council will honor three law enforcement officers tonight for their work solving an Internet sexual predator case.

Moline detectives Jeremy McAuliffe and Ted Teshak and U.S. Secret Service Agent William Shink will receive Meritorious Achievement Awards during the committee-of-the-whole meeting.

According to Police Chief Kim Hankins, their investigation and coordination of the case resulted in the identification of multiple victims across the U.S. and Canada and led to the federal prosecution of Daniel William Becker Jr., 22, formerly of Carbon Cliff.

On Jan. 24, Mr. Becker pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of children and possession of child pornography. On June 26, he was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Rock Island to 24 years and five months in prison, followed by 20 years of supervised release.

In other business tonight, the city council is expected to vote on four items related to upgrading the North Slope Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Total project cost is estimated at $47.3 million, which includes contingency and engineering.

The Water Pollution Control Department needs council approval to take out a $44.4 million low-interest loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

The committee-of-the-whole meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of city hall, 619 16th St. The city council meeting immediately follows.

Agendas are available at city hall or online with attachments at moline.il.us.


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  Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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