Freeport man charged with attempted sex assault of a child in Sterling

Leandrew T. Adams

MORRISON – A 20-year-old Freeport man pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon in Whiteside County Court to attempted rape of a child younger than 13 who police say did not know him.

LeAndrew T. Adams is charged with attempted predatory criminal assault of a child, attempted criminal sexual assault, two counts of battery and unlawful restraint, online court records show.

The first two charges are punishable by at least four to 15 years in prison, the next two by two to five years, and the last charge by one to four years.

Adams was arrested about 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 800 block of West LeFevre, after police got a call reporting an attempted assault and a short foot chase, Sterling police said in a news release Thursday.

Adams was identified by the child, according to the release.

Adams is being held on $500,000 bond and has a preliminary hearing April 24.

More charges are pending, according to the release.

Adams was indicted Sept. 8, 2022, and pleaded guilty Oct. 20 in Winnebago County Court to felony theft worth $500 to $10,000. He was sentenced to two years’ probation.

Charges of theft worth more than $500 and criminal damage to property worth more than $500 were dismissed as part of his plea agreement.

Kathleen Schultz

Kathleen A. Schultz

Kathleen Schultz is a Sterling native with 40 years of reporting and editing experience in Arizona, California, Montana and Illinois.