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Police: Joliet man arrested for giving witness the middle finger

Victim in a case against 48-year-old man was confronted, complaint says

Kevin T. Leroy
Kevin T. Leroy

A Joliet man was arrested after he allegedly gave the middle finger to a witness in a battery case against him, according to court records. 

At close to 10 p.m. April 6, Kevin T. Leroy, 48, was booked into the Will County jail on charges of witness harassment, obstructing a police officer and disorderly conduct.

Leroy gave the finger to a man he previously struck in the head, according to a criminal complaint. Leroy allegedly struck the man Feb. 10. He was charged with battery.

The complaint said Leroy “communicated directly” with the victim “in such a manner as to produce mental anguish or emotional distress” by giving him the middle finger. 

When Leroy was getting fingerprinted by a police officer, he allegedly pulled his arm away and “tensed up his arms,” according to the complaint. 

On Jan. 14, Leroy pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. He was sentenced to two days in jail and given two years of probation, according to court records.

On Dec. 4, 2015, Leroy was arrested by Joliet police and charged with two counts of electronic harassment. On Aug. 8, 2017, he pleaded guilty to one count and the other was dropped. 

Leroy was ordered to pay $500 in fines and costs and to submit to mental health treatment, and sentenced to conditional discharge, records show.

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