Pedophile faces life in prison

Pedophile faces life in prison

By An Ogle County jury found Stillman Valley resident Ray Gough, 51, guilty under the Sexually Dangerous Persons Act Thursday. Gough faces life in prison.

By Shellie Berg

Staff Reporter

An Ogle County jury found Stillman Valley resident Ray Gough, 51, guilty under the Sexually Dangerous Persons Act Thursday. Gough faces life in prison.

Gough, who was arrested Oct. 18, 1999, is charged with two counts of criminal sexual abuse of two teen boys in the summer and fall of 1999.

State’s Attorney Doug Floski said that a petition was filed last year to convict him under the act, using the act option in Illinois for a repeat offender who is sexually dangerous, he stated.

With criminal charges, Gough could receive 14 years in prison. But being convicted under the act, he could receive a life sentence. The only way he can be released is if he proves to the court he doesn’t pose a danger to society, Floski stated.

“We’re very pleased with the results,” Floski said. “It’s going to keep someone off the streets for a long time.” He noted the jury deliberated for 45 minutes before reaching the guilty verdict from the two-day trial.

The convictions stem from two separate incidents that occurred at Gough’s horse stables in Stillman Valley. There, he fondled two boys, ages 14 and 11.

In 1992, Gough was convicted and incarcerated after being charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse from fondling a 6-year-old boy, Floski noted.

Readers of The Rock River Times stories regarding Gary Kaeding may remember Gough. Gough adopted Deborah Lambrecht as his stepdaughter, with Judge Harris Agnew presiding over the case. She was married to Kaeding, who alleged Ray Gough was a child abuser.

Gough’s attorney, John Redington, declined to comment about the conviction.

“We could not have prosecuted this case without the determination of all of the victims involved,” said Floski.

As required by law, Circuit Judge Stephen Pemberton immediately entered an order committing Gough to the Illinois Department of Corrections for an indefinite term. Gough has been held in the Ogle County Jail since his arrest in October, 1999. A final sentencing date has not been set.

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