ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A former church pastor pleaded guilty Oct. 5 for sexually abusing a child in the North Aurora church where he was a pastor, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office announced in a news release.
Ralphael J. Robinson, 41, of Aurora, agreed to a sentence of 14 years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea to aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony. Kane County Circuit Judge Donald Tegeler Jr. accepted the the plea.
Kane County Assistant State's Attorney Lori Schmidt stated in court that on April 18, 2016, Robinson sexually abused the underaged victim. The abuse occurred at Kingdom Church, 121 S. Lincolnway St., North Aurora, where Robinson was the pastor, the release stated.
At the time of the offense, Robinson was also registered as a sexual offender in accordance with the Illinois Sexual Offender Registration Act, the release stated.
"This defendant was this victim's church pastor when he abused her, an appalling violation of a child's trust,” Kane County Assistant State's Attorney Debra Bree stated in the release. Bree is the executive director of the Kane County Child Advocacy Center.
“This victim showed amazing bravery by immediately reporting this defendant's abuse to her parents, who promptly contacted authorities. Everyone who supported this child should be commended," Bree stated in the release.
According to Illinois law, Robinson is eligible for day-for-day sentencing. He receives credit for 896 days served in the Kane County jail, where has had been held since his arrest in lieu of $100,000 bail.