Son of Former Chief Judge Jailed on Heavy Heroin Rap

The son of retired Chief Judge Rodney Lechwar was jailed on a heroin charge.

Undercover cops collared the son of former Chief Judge Rodney Lechwar and charged him with possession of heroin with plans to sell it.

Matthew Lechwar, 29, of 23927 S. Navajo Drive in Channahon, was taken into custody March 30 by agents from the Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad.

MANS agents also arrested 28-year-old Tonya Roe of 24639 S. Valley Drive in Channahon. She and Lechwar are both being held in the county jail on bonds of $150,000 each.

On the same night that agents grabbed Lechwar and Roe, the MANS crew arrested Heather Brown, 23, of 304 Barr Elms Ave. in Joliet. Brown was charged with possession of a controlled substance. She was released from jail after posting a $500 bond.

No one from MANS stepped up to answer questions about the arrests of Matthew Lechwar, Roe or Brown.

The criminal complaint against Matthew Lechwar was signed by a MANS agent. The complaint said Matthew Lechwar was carrying between 15 and 100 grams of heroin. According to the website TheGoodDrugsGuide, a gram of heroin sells for between $59 and $88.

Matthew Lechwar's father, Rodney Lechwar, was the chief judge in Will County from 1997 to 2003. He was a judge from 1985 to 2010. For 10 years prior to becoming a judge, Rodney Lechwar was a Will County prosecutor.

Rodney Lechwar is now a mediator with ADR Systems, "the Chicago area’s largest alternative dispute resolution service." Rodney Lechwar failed to respond to messages left for him at ADR Systems.

According to the Will County Recorder's Office, the Navajo Drive address listed in jail records for Matthew Lechwar is a home purchased by Rodney and Mary Lynn Lechwar in 2009. It was not clear whether they live there as well.

Matthew Lechwar's March arrest marked the second time he was picked up in Will County on a heroin charge in less than six years.

In April 2006, while his father was a judge, he was charged with the unlawful delivery of heroin. The charge was dropped two years later after Matthew Lechwar completed the drug court program administered by the state's attorney's office.

The class X felony Matthew Lechwar caught in March carries a possible prison sentence of six to 30 years.

Betty Fister April 23, 2012 at 10:59 PM
aww you know the lechwars.. WOOP DEE DOO. if you re so close to them and so pious where were you when little matty was slinging H? sure if feel sorry for his parents BUT..slap the crap ouuta matt.. strike 2 too bad.. this is what standing with them gets you.
Kellie April 25, 2012 at 07:38 PM
I know the Lechwars and have the utmost respect for them! It was their sons decision to do what he did and in no way is it his parents fault. To say degrading things about the family and not know anything about what they have been through or put yourself in their shoes. Get over yourselves and have some empathy!!! I know I have empathy for them and will pray for them! Ask yourselves what if it was you!
Dking May 24, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Betty Fister, you're level of class (extremely low) makes you look like a piece of trash. What exactly would you do to your 29 year old son if he made a decision like this? Beat him? What would that do..solve the problem? Obviously the son will have to face the repercussions of his actions, legally. The parents may have made some mistakes also, but overall each human on this planet is responsible for their own actions and mentality. Influence is influence, some are stronger than others. You're simply a judgmental whiny asshole and no one wants to read your comments. I'd say go focus on your job or something... but clearly you don't work and have a ridiculous amount of free time on your hands. Don't bother being rude to me. You've already been classified as a loony broad in my opinion. I guarantee you won't hurt my feelings. (Just to stoop down to your level real quick, remember that your last name is Fister). Cut it out and get out of here you unpleasant nitwit.
Amy B H March 16, 2013 at 04:02 PM
I saw Judge Lechwar do his job daily as a judge. While I hate Will County politics and see first hand several County Board members son's being protected and not held accountable, I can honestly say that Judge Lechwar tried to educate the teens about addiction in his court room. He was MUCH tougher than the current juvenile judge!!! He would visit treatment programs, the H.E.A.R.T. program in Bolingbrook and many other facilities. He did not hide that addiction (a disease) ran in his family. No family is exempt from this disease. I saw the pain Judge Lechwar had with this issue on a work level. I cannot imagine the pain he and his family have knowing their son continues to struggle with this disease and criminal behavior that goes along with it.
MJC January 27, 2014 at 05:20 PM
Hey *Nobody and *HellBoy.....did it ever occur to you that Matt, the "loser" this article is about was adopted by Judge Lechwar and his wife? He didnt have this PRIVILEGED upbringing like all of you narrow minded parrots assume. So who knows what kind of genes Matt was cursed with from birth. But i do know for a fact that his parents are great people and it is NOT their fault that matt has an addiction. Matts addiction is no different than someone having cancer. Its a disease. And he probably is struggling with mental health issues. Lastly, matt was NOT a drug dealer. He just got caught with an amount that constituted the charge of that offense. And even if he was...the person buying it is the one to blame just as much as the seller. We need to stop villanizing people who use drugs and start helping them more. The vast majority of drug users have mental health issues. So its not always black and white. I cant stand people who come on these forums acting like they are perfect and know so much. Youre gonna feel like a jack off when you open your daughters drawer and find a bag of cocaine in there. Then i would like for you to accuse yourself of being a shitty parent


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