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Luecke asks for bench trial

Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 3:00 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, June 14, 2013 3:01 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — Ryan Luecke, the Peru man charged with having sexual contact with an 8-year-old boy in Bureau County, has waived his right to a jury trial and asked instead for a bench trial before the judge.

The 30-year-old Luecke appeared in Bureau County Court Wednesday morning before Circuit Judge Marc Bernabei. After Luecke waived his right to a bench trial, the judge set Luecke’s bench trial for 2 p.m. July 31.

Luecke was represented in court by Peru attorney John Fisher. Prosecuting the case is Bureau County State’s Attorney Patrick Herrmann.

Luecke was charged in November 2012 with the Class 2 felony of aggravated criminal sexual abuse (child under 13 years of age). He is accused of allegedly having a sexual contact with a male juvenile during the 2012 summer camp at the Bureau County Metro Center in Princeton. At that time, Luecke was the recreation coordinator for the Metro Center.

Luecke entered a not guilty plea on Dec. 18, 2012, to the Class 2 felony. He is free from custody, having posted 10 percent of a $25,000 bond.

If convicted of the Class 2 felony, Luecke could be sentenced to three to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and fined up to $25,000. The Class 2 felony is also a probational offense, which could include up to six months in the Bureau County Jail.

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