EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – 29-year-old Kassidy Kueper of Wood River Friday admitted to inappropriately touching two young girls while working as a camp counselor at the YMCA in Edwardsville.
The guilty plea negates the need for a trial, which was scheduled to begin the week of June 11th.
Kueper was accused in 2011 of inappropriately touching two different victims, girls ages 8 and 9, while he worked as a youth counselor at the Edwardsville YMCA.
After entering the guilty plea to a charge of felony criminal sexual abuse, Kueper was sentenced to serve two-and-a-half years probation, the maximum sentence allowed.
He’ll also be required to undergo sex offender counseling and treatment, while having no future contact with his victims.
In addition Kueper will have to register as a sex offender and will be permanently prohibited from ever working as a teacher or any other profession in which he’d come into contact with children.
Prosecutors say one of the benefits of accepting Kueper’s plea of guilty is not having to put the children on the stand during a trial and making them relive the ordeal in open court.
They add that even if Kueper had gone to trial, there was no guarantee that he would have received prison time because he had no previous criminal history.