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Crime & Courts

Judge won't reduce bond for NIU student facing sex assault charges

Kevin Biederer Born: 10/15/1994
Criminal Sexual Assault, Unlawful Restraint and Domestic Battery
Kevin Biederer Born: 10/15/1994 Criminal Sexual Assault, Unlawful Restraint and Domestic Battery

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb County judge denied a motion Wednesday to reduce the bond for a former Northern Illinois University student who police say held a woman against her will for 12 hours as he physically abused and sexually assaulted her.

Kevin Biederer's attorney, Rick Amato, asked that the $100,000 bond be reduced, noting that Biederer's parents could post $2,000 and he would seek counseling upon release.

Assistant State's Attorney Duke Harris, however, asked that DeKalb County Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert consider the disturbing details in the police report and the safety of the woman, who has requested an order of protection.

Police said Biederer, 20, of the 1100 block of West Hillcrest Drive, DeKalb, barricaded the door to his townhouse bedroom Aug. 22 and at times held the woman down, and physically and sexually assaulted her.

Biederer admitted the actions to police, court records show.

Stuckert denied the bond reduction motion, citing her concerns about Biederer's "psychological stability." The judge suggested Amato have Biederer psychologically evaluated before his next court date Oct. 7.

Biederer is charged with criminal sexual assault, unlawful restraint and domestic battery. He will remain at the DeKalb County Jail until $10,000 bail of his $100,000 bond is posted.

If convicted of the most serious charge, criminal sexual assault, he could face four to 15 years in prison.

Biederer had been arrested Aug. 25 on cyberstalking charges, but was released from jail after posting $500 bail.

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

Even if Biederer posts bail, university protocol would typically require he be barred from campus, university spokesman Joe King has said. King has said he can't comment on Biederer’s status citing privacy issues regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Biederer remains listed on NIU’s website as the treasurer for Towers, the school’s art and literature magazine, and appears as a student in the university's online directory, however NIU's office of admissions has no record of him currently being enrolled.

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