Eureka Teenager First Female Designated “Sexually Dangerous”
Oct. 26, 2005 - Woodford County
â€œSexually dangerous,â€ thatâ€™s what a Woodford County teenager is being labeled by the State of Illinois. She’s also the first female in the state with that designation. Seventeen year old Tammy Wheeler of Eureka has been designated â€œsexually dangerousâ€ after being charged with fondling two young boys earlier this year.
According to Woodford County Court documents Wheeler admitted to fondling other children before that incident. The documents say she suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder from physical and sexual abuse in her childhood, and has uncontrollable sexual urges.
State’s Attorney Mike Stroh says during interviews Wheeler said she would continue to molest children.
â€œThe fact is that she indicated to the doctor, and I believe the police as well, that she would commit this offense if she was given the opportunity to do that. She indicated that she had an uncontrollable urge, and that was something that caused us great concern,â€ said Woodford County Stateâ€™s Attorney Mike Stroh.
Stroh also says the â€œsexually dangerousâ€ designation assures that Wheeler will get the counseling she needs, and will not be released from the Department of Corrections anytime soon.
Wheeler is being held at the Dwight Correctional Center. It is not yet known which state facility she will be sent to for long-term treatment.