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Boulder Hill Man Appears in Court on Charges of Sexually Abusing Teens

Kevin Freeman of Boulder Hill is charged with sexually abusing two teenagers while he was serving as a youth leader at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Boulder Hill.

A Boulder Hill man charged with sexually abusing two teenagers while serving as a youth leader at a local church made his first court appearance on Monday.

Kevin Freeman, 27, of the first block of Shermead Road in Boulder Hill, is accused of having sexual contact with two teens between the ages of 13 and 17, both of whom were in his care as a youth leader at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Boulder Hill, according to court records.

On March 28, a Kendall County grand jury indicted Freeman on seven counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony, and two counts of criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony. The multiple incidents took place between Dec. 1, 2010 and Feb. 28, 2011, according to the indictments.

Eight of the nine counts concern one victim, a 16-year-old girl, according to the Kendall County Sheriff's Office, which arrested Freeman on those charges last month. Those incidents occurred in Saw-Wee-Kee and Waa-Kee-Sha parks in unincorporated Kendall County, police said.

Freeman is accused of sexually penetrating the victim with his finger, in addition to other sexual acts, according to the indictment. 

The ninth count concerns the second victim, the first to come forward—Freeman was charged in February in that incident, which officials say occurred between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30, 2011. That victim is also between 13 and 17 years old, according to court records, and Freeman is accused of touching or fondling her breast.

Freeman appeared before Kendall County Judge John Barsanti on Monday morning and requested a jury trial on all counts. He faces up to seven years in prison for each of the Class 2 charges, and up to 15 years in prison for the Class 1 charges. The Class 1 charges are not punishable by probation, and prison sentences would run consecutively, Barsanti said.

Freeman’s next court date was set for 9 a.m. May 1. He remains at the Kendall County Jail in Yorkville.

A Twait April 04, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Agreed with the above comment. Was quite shocked that it was so descriptive.
Andre Salles April 05, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Thank you for your comments. Believe me, I wrestled with it. I can tell you, the grand jury indictments themselves (which are public record) are considerably more graphic than this story. I tried to include the smallest amount of detail that would still convey just what Mr. Freeman is charged with, and the severity of those charges. Cases like this are very tricky to cover, and I apologize if you feel I came down on the wrong side of the line. My intention, always, is to inform, not offend or cause harm.
RJ April 05, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I also agree with the two comments about the description used in this article. What also bothered me was thinking that my teenage daughter (who reads the patch and knew Mr Freeman) will probably also read this. I see even tougher conversation in my near future. Thanks Mr. Salles.
Andre Salles April 06, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Your points are well taken. I'll say again that I included as little detail from the indictments as I could while still conveying their content, but I won't use these descriptions again. My intention was to inform readers of the charges against Mr. Freeman, but I'll be more cautious in the future. Thank you all for your comments.
AJ July 17, 2012 at 05:58 PM
What happened at his last trial? Whats going on with the case now?

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