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Crime & Courts

Child sex abuse suspect will stay behind bars

DeKALB – A motion to reduce bond was denied Thursday for a 27-year-old DeKalb man accused of raping a 6-year-old family member after prosecutors disclosed new details about the case.

Robert E. Aldape, of the 700 block of Kimberly Drive, faces charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and possession of child pornography. He has been jailed since December.

Associate Judge John McAdams declined to reduce the bond from $1 million to $200,000 after Assistant State's Attorney Phil Montgomery read a lengthy report from a letter Aldape allegedly wrote to his wife and Aldape's statements to police.

Public defender Chip Criswell said Aldape's family could have posted $20,000, and Aldape could have lived at his parents' house, where no children live.

Montgomery said the sexual contact with the family member had gone on since she was 3 years old. Aldape has admitted to raping the child on multiple occasions, including at his home, Montgomery said.

Police arrested Aldape on Dec. 14 after the Sycamore Police Department conducted an undercover online investigation through the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children task force in December, working with the Cook County Sheriff's Office, FBI and DeKalb police, according to a news release.

A police officer found a short video of Aldape raping the victim, Montgomery said. On one occasion, Aldape said the victim "didn't mind" he was raping her, Montgomery said.

DeKalb police are still investigating to see whether there are more victims, but they don't believe there are,DeKalb police Lt. Bob Redel said.

The victim is in the custody of her mother while Aldape is in jail, Redel said.

Criswell asked the court to consider that Aldape is innocent until proven guilty. His next court date is scheduled for Feb. 10.

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