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Crime & Courts

Judge OKs subpoena for state’s attorney in former client’s case

SYCAMORE — A judge granted a motion Wednesday allowing the state’s attorney to be subpoenaed for a hearing on a Sycamore man’s motion to withdraw his guilty plea on charges of sexual abuse.

Rudy Salazar, 58, of the 700 block of Park Avenue in Sycamore, was sentenced in June to 13 years in prison.

After being charged in April 2009 with sexually abusing a teenage boy, Salazar pleaded guilty in July 2010 to two counts of criminal sexual assault. Salazar was represented in the case by Clay Campbell, who is now the DeKalb County state’s attorney.

The abuse happened between February and April 2009, when the boy reported it to the police, police said.

Prosecutors said at the time of his plea, Salazar initially had the boy do odd jobs around his property. As time went on, the relationship became sexual and included sex acts and explicit text messages from Salazar to the boy.

Salazar also has a pending case of sexual abuse with a separate victim.

On July 16, Salazar’s attorney, Glenn Jazwiec, asked a judge to withdraw Salazar’s guilty plea and vacate his sentence. Salazar claims he believed at the time of the plea that he did not have a defense to the charges, and he was not fully informed as to the charges against him and said he was coerced into pleading guilty.

Charles Colburn, the Springfield-based appellate prosecutor appointed to the case, then filed a motion Aug. 17, seeking to subpoena Campbell to testify at the hearing on the motion to withdraw Salazar’s plea.

According to court documents, Colburn plans to “elicit testimony from Clay Campbell regarding the preparation and trial strategy during his representation” of Salazar.

Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert granted Colburn’s request to subpoena Campbell. Colburn said Campbell has said he does not object to the subpoena being issued.

Salazar did not appear in court Wednesday. The hearing is set for Oct. 22.

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