Forty-one year old David Woodrow, who is well-known for his work in music and theatrical productions in the Danville area, now faces six counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse. Woodrow claimed in court yesterday that he is innocent.
The news-gazette reports that State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy said in court that Woodrow sexually abused a teenage boy in 2011 and 2012. She said he met the victim when he was 10 through their involvement with the Danville Light Opera. The sexual abuse began in 2011, when the victim was 15, she said, and it continued while the victim was in high school. She said the victim attended a private boarding school and that Woodrow had permission from his parents to take him out of school. He would take the victim out of boarding school on trips and that is when the abuse occurred according to the State’s Attorney.
Judge Karen Wall set Woodrow’s bond at $100,000, meaning he must post $10,000 in order to be released. Woodrow’s next court appearance is set for Aug. 3. If he’s convicted, he could be sentenced for three to seven years in prison on each count. Although no other charges have been filed at this time, Lacy indicated to Judge Wall that “there are other victims that have come forward.”
Woodrow is the artistic director of the Beef House Dinner Theatre. He was also a longtime volunteer with the choral and drama programs at North Ridge, where his wife, Jennifer, works as the choral instructor. School officials say David Woodrow was never employed by the district, and he is not currently a volunteer.