Lake County firefighter’s sex crime case heads to trial

Albert L. Wysocki, A Professional Corporation

Last week, a Lake County man was told that he could face up to 14 years in prison for crimes that he had allegedly committed against a child who was under the age of 13. The 41-year-old man denies the allegations. His case is now scheduled to go to trial in April.

The 41-year-old man, a firefighter, was charged in November with committing sex crimes against a child. According to reports, the man allegedly had sexual contact with a child on several occasions between Aug. 1, 2004 and June 30, 2008. He has been charged with 12 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

The charges are very serious, and a Lake County judge informed the defendant last week that even if he is not guilty of all of the counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, he could still face severe consequences for being found guilty of even just one of the counts against him. In addition to spending up to 14 years in prison, the man faces other penalties if a jury does find him guilty. Penalties may include the following:

  • Registering as a sex offender for life
  • Paying fines of up to $25,000
  • Probation

The firefighter has also been placed on paid leave while his case remains pending. If he is found guilty, he could lose his job.

Crimes against children are not to be taken lightly, and a conviction will result in serious penalties in Illinois. However, it is also difficult to determine the truth in cases that involve allegations of child molestation or sexual abuse.

Children may certainly be telling the truth in some cases, but there have also been cases in which children were coerced into falsifying reports. This is one reason for why it is important to work with a defense attorney when one is under investigation or has already been charged with committing a sex crime against a child. When the truth is difficult to detect, defendants need someone on their side who will conduct a thorough investigation into the matter in order to determine how to best proceed with one’s case in court.

Source: Daily Herald, “Wauconda firefighter pleads not guilty in sex abuse case,” Lee Filas, Jan. 16, 2013

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