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 Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.