Weather delays justice for former APD officers

Cala Smoldt/Correspondent

Preliminary Hearings were delayed today (Tuesday, March 3) in Mercer County Circuit Court for charges against former Aledo Police Officers Seth Degelman and Steven Bonynge. Both are due back in court on March 17.

Both were arrested on related charges on Friday, Dec. 12. Mr. Bonynge was charged with 1 count of aggravated sexual abuse, a class 2 felony. Mr. Degelman was charged with indecent solicitation/aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a class 3 felony.

Special Prosecutor, Michael Vujovich, informed the court early this morning that he would not be in attendance due to the icy conditions that caused a Winter Weather Advisory to be in effect for the area until noon today. Mr. Vujovich travels from Springfield to prosecute for the state in both cases.