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, Dec. 4, the 338th day of 2013. There are 27 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Within a few weeks the Rock Island Barracks will contain more than 10,000 rebel prisoners, a guard of about 1,500 and a large number of officers. This should bring business to our city. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Corn was selling at 25 cents per bushel in Rock Island county, and the average price of wheat was 80 cents per bushel. 1913 -- 100 years ago: R.G. Hudson and R.H. Dart were elected wardens at Trinity Episcopal Church. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Smiling, baldish, 30-year-old Jimmy Roosevelt reported for work today as movie maker Sam Goldwyn's new hired hand. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Members of the East Moline City Council last night unanimously voted approval of the name of John F. Kennedy Drive for the improved sections of 3rd and 4th streets between 17th Avenue and the south city limits. 1988 -- 25 years ago: A $70,000 fundraising drive is underway to establish a Big Brother/Big Sisters program in the Quad-Cities. Organizers hope to raise funds to begin the nationally affiliated program by March 1.