CAMBRIDGE -- Judge Charles "Casey" Stengel on Monday found Kevin Aldrich, of Castleton, guilty of several sex offenses.
In Henry County Circuit Court, Judge Stengel found Mr. Aldrich, 47, guilty of Class 2 felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a female between the ages of 13 and 17, Class 3 felony solicitation of a child under 17 to perform an act of sexual conduct and Class 4 felony solicitation to meet a child at a location without the knowledge of the child's parent or guardian and for an unlawful purpose.
Kewanee police were alerted when investigating the use of a credit card by the 16-year-old minor. Mr. Aldrich had given her his credit card to buy food, but she reportedly kept the number and used it at least once more without his permission.
According to court records, Mr. Aldrich also reportedly bought her a cellphone and they texted back and forth about getting together.
Mr. Aldrich admitted to authorities that he kissed her and fondled her while they were sitting in his van in the Kewanee Wal-Mart parking lot.
Today is Tuesday, March 11, the 70th day of 2014. There are 295 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done by hogs that are running at large about town. The marshal will take them up and sell them if their owners do not contain them. 1889 -- 125 years ago: George Newberry, Daniel Strecker, Al Webb and James Dixon returned from a voyage down the Mississippi River as far as Memphis, Tenn., on a flat. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Augustana College was put out of the running for the state collegiate basketball title when defeated by Millikin. The Viking lineup included Sten, Samuelson and Swanbeck, forwards, and Holtgren, Johnson and Berg, guards. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The coronation of Pope Pius XII and preliminary ceremonies were broadcast by WHBF on the Mutual Radio Network. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Reactivation of a portion of the J.I. Case Co, plant in Rock Island as a supplier for component parts for the firm's manufacturing centers at Racine, Wis., or Burlington, Iowa, is under consideration. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Downtown Moline business owners will have a chance to help shape the city's future through a survey being done by the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission.