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Crime & Courts

Sycamore man on trial for sexual abuse of child

SYCAMORE – A Sycamore man accused of forcing sex on an underage girl is standing trial this week on felony charges.

Mark A. Tate, 43, of the 1200 block of Commercial Street in Sycamore, is accused of sexually abusing the girl between fall 2009 and summer 2010. The most serious charges he faces are Class X felonies, which typically are punishable with between six and 30 years in prison.

If convicted on any of the charges, he would have to register as a sex offender for life.

Sycamore police were contacted on July 30, 2010, by a local hospital that was treating a 13-year-old girl who was about six months pregnant. An investigation gave police probable cause to believe Tate was the baby’s father.

The girl, now 16, and a medical expert were among the four witnesses expected to deliver testimony Tuesday.

The trial is set to continue today at 10:30 a.m. in room 220 of the DeKalb County Courthouse.

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