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An Alto Pass, Illinois, pastor charged with sexual assault has a new fitness hearing

Dec 19, 2012 -- 9:56am


A Southern Illinois pastor charged with having a sexual relationship with a minor will get a new fitness hearing!  74-year-old Billy Vandergraph of Alto Pass was arrested in July 2010.  He is charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and two charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.  Police contend he committed two sexual acts with a 4-year-old girl between January and May 2010.  Vandergraph underwent a treatment plan and the judge ruled in April 2011, he is fit to stand trial.  Judge Mark Boie in July ordered a new fitness hearing to determine if he is willing or able to cooperate with his lawyer.  Vandergraph’s jury trial has been pushed back several times due to questions about his mental competency.  A new court hearing will take place February 4th

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