$500K bond for child sexual assault suspect

February 21, 2011 5:22:09 AM PST
Bond was set at $500,000 for a man charged with sexually assaulting a child in exchange for gifts in Worth Township.

Spyridon Spyropoulos, 69, of the 10400-block of South Spaulding in Chicago, was charged with one count of predatory criminal sexual assault, according to a release from Cook County Sheriff's police on Saturday.

Police began investigating after the victim told a parent that Spyropoulos, who was the victim's relative's boyfriend, was giving out "heart kisses" for gifts.

"Heart kisses" was Spyropoulos' euphemism for a sexual assault.

The victim related that the assaults had taken place over the course of nearly five years, from age 7 to 11.

The victim also said Spyropoulos would give expensive gifts and request "heart kisses" based on the cost of the gift. Every gift was worth a minimum of two "heart kisses."

The victim, now 14, did not come forward earlier based on feelings of fault for accepting the gifts from Spyropoulos.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office does not release identities of sexual assault victims.

Spyropoulos appeared in Bridgeview bond court on February 17. His next court date is March 10 in Bridgeview.