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updated: 7/29/2014 5:11 AM

Lake County counselor pleads guilty to sexually assaulting teen

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  • Kelvin A. Perry

    Kelvin A. Perry


A former program director for a Lake County youth home pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage girl earlier this year at the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.

Kelvin A. Perry, 52, pleaded guilty to criminal sexual assault, a class 1 felony, and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Perry, of the 4100 block of Brentwood Lane, Waukegan, was also ordered to pay $1,889 in fines and to register as a sex offender, according to court records.

Perry met the 16-year-old girl earlier this year at the Schaumburg mall, where they engaged in a sex act in his vehicle, Schaumburg police said. The teen, who is a ward of the state, told her foster mother about the encounter on Feb. 9. The foster mother then contacted police, authorities said.

At the time of his arrest, Perry was a 15-year employee of the Allendale Association, a Lake Villa-based agency that serves children with emotional and behavioral disabilities. The victim was not an Allendale resident at the time, but was a former resident of a unit where Perry worked, said Allendale executive director Mary Shahbazian. Perry had been on unpaid leave since his arrest.

Perry received credit for 163 days in custody. He must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

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