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Crime & Courts

Sycamore gymnastics coach accused of sexual assault has June court date

Joseph Hannon looks up at public defender Chip Criswell inside Judge Phillip Montgomery's courtroom on, Nov. 8, 2017 at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore.
Joseph Hannon looks up at public defender Chip Criswell inside Judge Phillip Montgomery's courtroom on, Nov. 8, 2017 at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore.

SYCAMORE – The trial of a former gymnastics coach facing charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child is scheduled for June.

Joseph R. Hannon, 24, formerly of the 1700 block of DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, is accused of inappropriately touching six girls, all under the age of 13, while he was an employee of Energym in Sycamore. He has been charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child involving more than one victim. If convicted, he could face life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Hannon was arrested on charges that he sexually abused a 9-year-old girl during an open gym session in November 2016. He was arrested the following month.

That incident was captured on video, police said. Later that month, prosecutors filed more serious charges related to a second victim.

On Monday, Hannon asked for a continuance. He appeared in court via closed circuit television from the DeKalb County jail.

Judge Phillip Montgomery granted the request and asked Hannon’s attorney, Brian Erwin, if there would be any more motions before the trial, setting a Feb. 19 deadline for further motions.

Hannon’s trial is scheduled for June 8, with a final status hearing set for June 4.

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