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Crime & Courts

Downers Grove man charged in Glen Ellyn exchange student's death to live at home while awaiting trial

A Downers Grove man charged with supplying a fatal dose of methadone to a 15-year-old foreign exchange student from Spain can live at home while he awaits trial, a DuPage County judge has ruled.

Judge Liam Brennan ruled that Francis Emanuele, of the 6100 bock of Carpenter Street, may reside at home following a June 27 hearing in which Emanuele's wife testified she requires her husband’s help to run the household and raise the couple’s two daughters, said Paul Darrah, communications manager for the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Emanuele cannot have any unsupervised contact with minors, and no methadone is allowed in the home, the judge ruled.

Emanuele was charged in October 2016 with one count of drug-induced homicide, a Class X felony; one count of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony; one count of indecent solicitation of a child, a Class 3 felony; one count of grooming, a Class 4 felony; and three counts of possession of child pornography, a Class 3 felony, according to a news release from the State's Attorney's Office.

Emanuele is scheduled to return to court Aug. 17 for a status hearing.

On May 3, 2016, the victim informed her host parents, who reside in Glen Ellyn, that she did not feel well enough to attend school that day and returned to her bedroom. At about 6:40 p.m. that day, she was found unresponsive and not breathing in her bed, the release stated.

The host parents immediately contacted the Glen Ellyn Police Department, which led to an investigation into the girl’s death. In the girl’s bedroom, investigators found an oral syringe with a small amount of clear liquid and a prescription bottle that contained a small amount of clear liquid, according to the release.

Preliminary lab tests identified the clear liquid as methadone, the release stated. The investigation ultimately led authorities to Emanuele. It is alleged that not only did Emanuele supply the girl with the drug, but he also instructed her on how to ingest it, according to the release.

The investigation also revealed Emanuele allegedly was in possession of lewd pornographic photographs of the girl, the release stated.

In October, a $1 million arrest warrant was issued for Emanuele after a DuPage County Grand Jury returned a seven-count indictment against him. Glen Ellyn police officers took Emanuele into custody without incident, according to the release.

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