Church volunteer charged with sexually assaulting boy

  • Roberto D. Almeida, 41, is charged with four felony counts which include predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child. Bond is set at $1 million.

    Roberto D. Almeida, 41, is charged with four felony counts which include predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child. Bond is set at $1 million.

 
 
Updated 1/21/2015 4:25 PM

Bond was set at $1 million Wednesday for a former church volunteer from Round Lake accused of sexually assaulting a child about five years ago, police said.

Roberto D. Almeida, 41, of the 1200 block of West Oriole Court, was arrested at his home Tuesday on a warrant after an investigation that began in December, police said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Almeida is charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child. He could face up to 30 years in prison if found guilty.

Police launched the investigation after receiving a tip from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. That agency had learned of a boy who reported being abused by a volunteer at a local church about five years ago, Detective Sgt. David Prus said.

Prus declined to identify the church or say where the abuse is reported to have occurred. Almeida no longer volunteers with the church, Prus said.

Police believe Almeida may have assaulted other children, Prus said. Anyone with information should call Prus at (847) 546-8112.

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