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.