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Crime & Courts

NIU student facing sexual assault charges

Kevin Biederer, 20, of DeKalb
Kevin Biederer, 20, of DeKalb

SYCAMORE – Bond was set at $100,000 Friday for a DeKalb man who police said held a woman against her will for 12 hours as he physically abused and sexually assaulted her.

Police said Kevin Biederer, 20, of the 1100 block of West Hillcrest Drive, DeKalb, barricaded the door to his townhouse and at times physically held the woman down, refusing to let her leave after she visited his home Aug. 22, court records show.

Biederer has admitted the actions to police, court records show.

Biederer is charged with criminal sexual assault, unlawful restraint, and domestic battery. He was being held Friday afternoon at the DeKalb County Jail and must post $10,000 bail to be released. If convicted of the most serious charge, criminal sexual assault, he could face four to 15 years in prison.

Biederer, who is listed on NIU’s website as the treasurer for Towers, the school’s art and literature magazine, was arrested at his home Thursday, court records show.

He had been arrested only two days earlier on charges of cyberstalking, but was released from jail after posting $500 bail.

Before his arrest, the victim said Biederer had been stalking her for a month, and made repeated “murderous” threats against her boyfriend, court records show.

DeKalb County Judge Robert Pilmer appointed the the DeKalb County Public Defender’s office to represent Biederer, although he said he would like to look into hiring an attorney made available to NIU students through the university.

NIU’s student conduct office was not immediately available for comment.

Biederer is set to appear in court Tuesday.

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