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Adopted son of state senator charged with sexual assault

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD – The adopted son of state Sen. Dave Syverson has been charged with sexual abuse, court officials confirmed Thursday afternoon.

Records show that Jordan D. Syverson, 27, was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child younger than 13 and two counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

According to court documents, the state alleges that Syverson committed the offenses between Oct. 28, 2016 and Oct. 31, 2016. Another man named James C. Lamont faces similar charges in the case.

Sen. Syverson said in a statement that his son has dealt with mental health issues since childhood and that his family has had limited success in finding him treatment as an adult.

“I respect the legal process with dealing with the issue,” Syverson said. “We love our son and would appreciate respecting our privacy on this issue.”

Syverson said his son denies the charges.

Bond is set at $200,000. As of this report, Jordan Syverson is lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. R.

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