Aledo Police Officers - Degelman, Bonynge face criminal charges

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Two Aledo Policemen were arrested on warrant today, Dec. 12, on related charges. Aledo Police Chief J. Michael Sponsler released a statement from the APD saying, "(the department) received a complaint of an inappropriate relationship between an Officer and a juvenile subject. I immediately requested the Illinois State Police to conduct an investigation into the matter. The findings of their investigation were presented to the Mercer County State’s Attorney resulting in the following charges."

Mercer County deputies executed an arrest warrant on Dec. 12 charging Aledo Police Officer Steven Bonynge, 32, of Aledo with aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Count 1 alleges that on or about February or March, 2013, in Mercer County, Bonynge committed the offense of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. A Class 2 felony, the charge carries 3-7 years prison extendable up to 14 years followed by 2 years mandatory supervised release. Maximum fine, $25,000. The offense states that the defendant committed an act of sexual conduct with a minor who was at least 13 but under 17 when the act was committed, in that said defendant touched the breast of Jane Doe for his own sexual arousal and the defendant was at least five years older than the victim at the time of the abuse.

Bond has been set by the court in the amount of $40,000, 10 percent to apply.

The same day, an arrest warrant was also served charging Seth Degelman, of Reynolds with indecent solicitation of a minor/aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

The charge reads as follows: Count 1 alleges that from December 2012 - February 2013, Degelman committed a Class 3 felony - the defendant, being a person over 17 committed indecent solicitation of a child when the defendant, with the intent that the offense of aggravated criminal sexual abuse be committed, knowingly solicited a child, under the age of 17 years, a minor, to perform an act of sexual conduct including interalia, touching her breast for his own sexual gratification. A Class 3 felony carries 2-5 years prison extendable up to 10 years, and 1 years mandatory supervised release.

Bond has been set by the court in the amount of $40,000, 10 percent to apply.

State's Attorney Gregory McHugh did not offer comment at this time.