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Man charged with harassing, kissing girl in Woodstock

Lyle Harvey Schmidt. | Woodstock police

A man has been charged with harassing and kissing a girl last week in Woodstock.

Officers were called at 5:15 p.m. July 1 about a disturbance in the 100 block of West Van Buren Street in Woodstock, according to a statement from Woodstock police.

Lyle Harvey Schmidt, 52, had approached a girl on the sidewalk and started talking to her, police said. During the conversation, Schmidt took her hand and kissed it.

The victim, described only as a “female juvenile,” then tried to excuse herself by saying she needed to use the restroom, police said. Schmidt asked her twice whether she needed help going to the restroom.

When the girl’s mother arrived to pick her up and learned what happened, she verbally confronted Schmidt, police said. The girl and her mother went to the Woodstock Police Department to report the incident while someone else called police to report the disturbance.

The mother and the girl arrived at the station while officers at the scene spoke to Schmidt, police said. Schmidt initially told investigators that he was a police officer with another regional department, but that statement turned out to be unsubstantiated.

He also charged at one of the officers “in such a manner that the officer believed he was about to be battered by Schmidt,” police said. The officer “deflected the assault” and Schmidt was placed under arrest.

Schmidt, of the 800 block of Dean Street in Woodstock, was charged with a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct and one felony count each of aggravated assault of a peace officer and false impersonation of a peace officer, police said.

Schmidt posted bond and was released at 10:54 a.m. Monday, according to the McHenry County sheriff’s office.

His next court date was scheduled for July 19, police said.