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Decatur man sentenced to 24 months' probation after admitting to sexual abuse in 2011 case

Decatur man sentenced to 24 months' probation after admitting to sexual abuse in 2011 case

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Adam J. Frydenger

Adam J. Frydenger

DECATUR — A Decatur man who told police he had fallen in love with a girl younger than 15 was sentenced to 24 months' probation Thursday after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

A similar second charge against Adam J. Frydenger, 26, was dropped in a plea deal worked out by his attorney, Andrew M. Wessler.

The case dates to allegations of sexual abuse first made in 2011 when Frydenger was 18 and his victim younger than 13. The girl told family members, and then Decatur police, about being sexually molested by Frydenger while sitting on a couch.

According to a sworn Decatur police affidavit, Frydenger said he was “in love” with the girl and sexually aroused when she was near. 

The case dragged on for several years in Macon County Court due to a series of delays. Frydenger repeatedly had been found mentally unfit to stand trial, and he had spent more than 900 days in custody.

He was sentenced to an extra 10 days in jail in January when he showed up for his trial under the influence of what State’s Attorney Jay Scott had described as “some kind of intoxicating substance.” Frydenger later changed his plea on the sex charges from not guilty to guilty.

Speaking at Thursday’s sentencing hearing, Assistant State’s Attorney Kate Kurtz told the court the prosecution took note of the amount of time Frydenger has already spent in custody. Kurtz also noted that a sentence of probation met the wishes of the victim, who had said she “does not want to see him go to prison; she wants him to get help.”

In addition to the 24 months' probation, Frydenger was ordered to complete a sex offender treatment program and undergo testing for sexually transmitted diseases. He was ordered to register as a sex offender and pay a variety of fees, including $250 to have his DNA added to the Illinois State Police database. He was also ordered to refrain from using alcohol and to have no contact with the victim, her home, work or school.

“... I think it’s a fair resolution of your case, and hopefully treatment is successful in this matter," Geisler said while passing sentence.


Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid

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