Two Aledo police officers face felony charges involving minors. They turned themselves in and are out on bond. Aledo Police Chief Michael Sponsler says his department received a complaint on December third about an inappropriate relationship between an officer and a juvenile. He turned the case over to the Illinois State Police.
Its investigation led to charges for 30-year-old Seth Degelman and 32-year-old Steven Bonynge. Degelman faces one count of indecent solicitation of a child. Bonynge faces one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Degelman’s charge is a class three felony which carries up to five years in prison. Bonynge’s charge is a class two felony which carries up to seven years in prison.
Both officers were able to post bond, which was set at $40,000 dollars for each of them.
The Mercer County States Attorney is now handling this case. His office was closed when the charges were announced Friday afternoon.
A state police spokesman says the officers were charged in separate incidents.
The court docket says Degelmen will appear in court on January 14, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.