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.
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