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 Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line. 1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements. 1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.