Steger man accused of seeking to have daughter slain

Tribune reporter

A Steger man has been charged with trying to get someone to kill his adopted daughter, after he had sexually assaulted her over about four years, police and prosecutors said.

Robert Deja, 45, of the 0-100 block of East 227th Street in the south suburb, was arrested on Tuesday, almost two weeks after investigators received a search warrant in the investigation, according to court records.

Deja appeared Tuesday in the Markham Branch of Cook County Court before Judge Darron Edward Bowden and was ordered held in lieu of $7 million bail, said Cook County state’s attorney spokesman Andy Conklin.

Deja has been charged with solicitation for murder in connection with trying to have his 20-year-old adopted daughter killed, after she reported he had been sexually assaulting her since she was about 16, according to a news release from the Steger Police Department.

Deja also faces charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual assault, according to court records.

Police learned of the situation on July 13, according to the news release.

The victim has a 3-year-old girl whose father is Deja, according to police.

The victim recently became pregnant again, and the father is either Deja or her current boyfriend, according to the release.

The news of the pregnancy upset Deja enough that he ordered his daughter to leave his house, which she did, according to police.

Deja then got in touch with his brother, and told him that he wanted both his daughter and her boyfriend killed, according to police.

Following Deja’s contact with his brother, police arrested him and he was charged, according to the release.

Deja is scheduled to appear in Markham Court again Oct. 31 at 9 a.m.

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