A Sugar Grove man, who was formerly a pastor at a church on Aurora's west side near the Sugar Grove line, was found guilty of Disorderly Conduct but was acquitted of Child Exploitation in a 2018 case where prosecutors alleged a minor victim was enticed to remove clothing for the man's arousal.
Kane County Court records show that on Tuesday, Kane County Judge Michael Noland ruled in the case of 25 year-old Paxton Singer of Courtney Cir.
As WSPY previously reported, between Oct. 2016 and Aug. 2017 Singer allegedly sent text messages to a victim who was younger than the age of 17.
Singer was also accused of sending text messages to the victim, asking questions that were sexual in nature and if the victim would spend the weekend with him. The messages "alarmed" the parents.
According to the Kane County Child Advocacy Center, who investigated the case following a referral from the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services, Singer became acquainted with the victim while employed as a youth pastor by Harvest Bible Chapel in Aurora.
Both offenses were alleged to have occurred while Singer was employed by the church. Singer had turned himself in on a warrant in October of 2018.
Judge Noland ruled, following the trial, that Singer was guilty of Disorderly Conduct in that the text messages showed Singer asked to see the underwear but did not ask the minor to remove his clothing, nor did the court find beyond a reasonable doubt that the minor felt pressure to remove his clothing.
A hearing has been set for next Friday, November 22nd at 1:30 p.m. The defense is intending to ask for a new trial on the Disorderly Conduct conviction.