Former Edwardsville YMCA employee pleads guilty to sexual assaul -

Former Edwardsville YMCA employee pleads guilty to sexual assault

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EDWARDSVILLE, Illinois — A Wood River man has pleaded guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted a girl while working as a camp counselor at the YMCA in Edwardsville in 2011.

Kassidy Kueper, 29, pleaded guilty Friday to criminal sexual abuse, a felony.

According to documents, Kueper was first charged in April, 2011 after he intentionally touched the breast and thigh of a 9-year-old girl during summer camp. The second case, filed two months later, involved an 8-year-old girl who also attended summer camp. She came forward following the initial charges against Kueper and prosecutors charged him with intentionally touching her buttocks.

It was not immediately clear which charge Kueper pleaded guilty to.

Kueper’s trial was initially set for Monday, June 11.

Kueper received 2 and a half years probation, the maximum allowed, and he is required to undergo sex offender counseling and treatment while having no contact with the victims. He is also required to register as a sex offender.

His felony conviction will also permanently prohibit employment as a teacher or other work involving children.

“These sorts of cases require my office to balance the needs of the family and victims with the realities of criminal prosecution.” stated Illinois State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons. “We were able to ensure that Kassidy Kueper will no longer be able to work around children and this is important not only for our victims, but also for the community.”

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