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Sturm pleads guilty to felony

PRINCETON — Nicholas B. Sturm, 24, of Kewanee has pleaded guilty in Bureau County Court to the Class 3 felony of violating the Sex Offender Registration Act.

Sturm entered his guilty plea Nov. 21 before Circuit Judge Marc Bernabei. The judge ordered the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and then set a sentencing hearing for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 10.

Sturm was represented in court by Public Defender Michael Henneberry. Prosecuting the case was State’s Attorney Patrick Herrmann.

As a result of a 2008 conviction in Henry County for aggravated criminal sexual abuse, Sturm was required to register as a sex offender. He did register with the Bureau County Sheriff’s Department on May 10, 2011, registering at a Malden address.

A compliance check by the Bureau County Sheriff’s Department in May 2012 found Sturm had moved from his Malden residence to a Kewanee residence and had not changed his address with the Bureau County Sheriff’s Department or any other law enforcement agency within three days of moving, as required by the act. He was arrested on July 6, 2012.

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