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Crime & Courts

Geneva woman charged in battery, biting of officer

GENEVA – A Geneva woman who police said lifted up her dress and exposed herself at a fast food restaurant also was charged with felony aggravated battery for biting and kicking a police officer, according to police reports.

Julie A. Lawson, 36, of the 600 block of Oakwood Drive, also was charged in the July 8 incident with felony resisting a police officer and two counts of misdemeanor battery, as well as one count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

She was released Wednesday from the Kane County Jail after her bail was reduced from $20,000 to personal recognizance, which means no money has to be posted to be released from jail.

Lawson was at McDonald’s, 1190 E. State St., Geneva, shortly before 9 p.m. July 8 when she began yelling obscenities at a couple and pulled their hands apart, according to police reports and court records.

Authorities said Lawson began yelling obscenities at a third person in the restaurant, then grabbed his soft drink and threw it against the Coke machine. Then while shouting incoherently, Lawson pulled up her dress, exposing her genitalia and buttocks, court and police records show.

When a Geneva police officer was securing Lawson in a seat belt in the squad car, she bit his left arm and began kicking the rear passenger door and window, according to police reports.

Once her seat belt was secure and officers were securing her with leg irons, she kicked an officer in the right forearm causing physical injury, police reports state.

Lawson was charged June 26 in Geneva with criminal damage to property, damaging a microwave valued at $80.

According to court records, she pleaded guilty and is to pay restitution of $80. In an 11-month conditional discharge, the court granted Lawson good time credit for spending nine days in jail of an 18-day sentence and not to contact the victim, court records show.

Lawson is next scheduled to appear in court Aug. 29 on the new charges.

The felony aggravated battery charge has a penalty of three to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. The felony resisting charge has a penalty of two to five years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

The two misdemeanor battery charges each carry a penalty of up to a year in jail and fines of up to $2,500. The misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge carries a penalty of up to 30 days in jail and fines of up to $1,500.

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