… we have a small favor to ask. Thousands of people have placed their trust in the Racine County Eye’s high-impact journalism because we focus on solutions-based journalism.

With no shareholders or billionaire owners, we can provide trustworthy journalism that focuses on helping readers.

Unlike many others, Racine County Eye’s journalism is available for everyone to read, regardless of what they can afford to pay. We do this because we believe in information equality. Greater numbers of people can keep track of events, understand their impact on people and communities, and become inspired to take meaningful action.

If there were ever a time to join us, it is now. Every contribution, however big or small, powers our journalism and sustains our future. Support the Racine County Eye from as little as $5 – it only takes a minute. Thank you.

$
$
$

Your contribution is appreciated.

RACINE – A Racine man is in custody on charges of stalking and disorderly conduct connected with a child enticement incident last month.

John L. Back, 51, was held in the Racine County Jail as of Thursday. He was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with stalking and disorderly conduct. If convicted of the stalking charge, he faces a prison sentence of 3 years and six months and/or a $10,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaint, Racine Police were dispatched to a Wright Avenue home on August 11.

Two residents told police that four children, ranging in age from 1 to 7 years old, played in the front yard under the residents’ supervision earlier that evening. The residents said a westbound Chevrolet work van slowly passed the house, turned around in the adjacent Greek Orthodox Church parking it, and returned eastbound. The driver leaned out of the van window, snapped his fingers, and spoke to the children. In a follow-up interview, the children told a police investigator that the van driver said, “Come here and see what I have in my hand.”

The residents gave police a description of the van driver and the vehicle’s license plate. Police used vehicle registration information to tie the car to Back. The residents later identified Back as the van driver based on photos provided by the Racine County Sheriff’s Office.

On August 14, a Racine Police officer located the vehicle and Back at Mound Cemetery, where he was taken into custody, and the van was impounded. According to the complaint, back denied being present in the Wright Avenue area and making statements to any juveniles.

On August 20, a Racine Police investigator received a text message from one of the Wright Avenue residents. The message contained a still image and a video, taken early that morning, showing Back’s vehicle parked approximately 1,050 to 1,100 feet from the home and the front door’s eyesight. Police noted that the car had been released from the impound lot the previous afternoon.

Back is being held at the Racine County Jail on a $10,000 bond. A compentency hearing has been set for 2 p.m. Oct. 9.


Advertising disclosure
To support our site and content, we work with partners to present valuable offers to help you save, earn, and get ahead. We may be compensated for the purchase of goods and services made through the links in this offer program.
Offers for you
Curated offers for our readers
advertiser disclosure
CodeMonkey
Coding for kids! Introducing programming games for the next generation. Get your kids coding today.
Start with a free trial.
Start with a free trial.

Get your students coding in no time!

CodeMonkey is a fun and educational game-based environment where kids learn to code without any prior experience. After completing CodeMonkey's award-winning coding courses, kids will be able to navigate through the programming world with a sense of confidence and accomplishment.

Kids will love learning to code with CodeMonkey

  • Ready to Go Courses. With CodeMonkey’s teacher kit and support team, anyone can teach the basics of computer science.
  • Real Coding Languages. CodeMonkey's courses teach text-based coding so students learn to program like a real developer.
  • Game-Based Learning. Kids learn coding in an engaging and rewarding environment that utilizes gaming elements.

Free Trial - Enjoy a full-blown gaming experience that will teach your kids to code!


Paul Holley is retired from careers in journalism, public relations and marketing but not from life. These days, he pretty much writes about what he feels like writing. You may contact him directly at:...