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Former church employee convicted of child sex abuse

ROCKFORD — A former employee of a Rockford church has been found guilty of having a sexual relationship with a child.

Charles M. Tucker, 50, was found guilty on March 26 of four counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and nine counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse after a bench trial in front of Judge Rosemary Collins.

In July 2013, Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputies followed up on an allegation that Tucker had a sexual relationship with a girl younger than 13 when he was an employee of North Love Baptist Church in Rockford. Police later found that some of the abuse happened at the church while Tucker, then 42, was working.

Predatory criminal sexual assault of a child Class X felony, punishable by six to 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years to life on parole.

Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is a Class 2 felony punishable three to seven years in prison.

Tucker will be sentenced May 14. He’ll be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence, as required by Illinois’ truth-in-sentencing law. R.

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