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Luecke pleads guilty

Published: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 8:20 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 2:45 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Ryan Luecke, 31, of LaSalle pleaded guilty in Bureau County Court on Wednesday afternoon to the Class 2 felony of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child under 13 years of age.

Circuit Judge Marc Bernabei set Luecke's sentencing hearing for 11 a.m. Sept. 10. Luecke remains free on bail.

Bureau County State's Attorney Patrick Herrmann told the judge he (Herrmann) had no objections to Luecke remaining free from custody because Luecke is undergoing counseling and is also employed.

Luecke was charged in November 2012 with the Class 2 felony of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for allegedly having 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 had entered a not guilty plea on Dec. 18, 2012, and has been free from custody, having posted 10 percent of a $25,000 bond.

Wednesday's court hearing had been scheduled as a bench trial before Bernabei, but instead, Luecke entered an open guilty plea, meaning no sentencing agreement had been reached between the attorneys.

When asked by the judge if he understood the charges against him, Luecke said he is accused of committing an act of sexual conduct to someone under the age of 13 years. The contact was to have the youngster place his hand on top of clothing on Luecke's penis.

In stating the facts of the case, Herrmann said the victim was an 8-year-old boy.

Bernabei said the Class 2 felony is a probational or conditional discharge offense, which could include up to six months in the Bureau County Jail. Or, Luecke could be sentenced to three to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and fined up to $25,000.

Luecke was represented in court by Peru attorney John Fisher.

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