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Sex Abuse Allegations in Princeton


A Peru, Illinois man in charge of taking care of children during the Summer is now accused of sexual abuse of one of those children.

Ryan Luecke, 30, is a Recreation Director at Bureau County Metro Center in Princeton, Illinois.

He turned himself in to authorities on Tuesday -- and is now charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child.

Luecke was in charge of coordinating programs at Metro Center -- both for adults and kids.

And now -- charges he had sexual contact with a boy over this past summer.

According the press release, from the Bureau County Republican, the sexual act involved fondling over clothing.

Metro Center Executive Director, Elaine Russell released this statement:

"Everyone at the Bureau County Metro Center is saddened by this terrible news. At this time, we continue to cooperate with police with their on-going investigation. And now we must pick up the pieces and try to move forward. And that is exactly what we will do in order to rebuild public trust."

Ryan Luecke is also the Head Girls Basketball and Track Coach at Cherry Elementary school near Princeton.

We contacted the district and they declined to comment on the investigation.

Luecke is now out on bond - a grand jury will hear the case on December 11th.

If they believe there is enough evidence for a trial, then Luecke will enter a plea.     

If convicted, he could face up to seven years in prison.

The Princeton police department says that other charges are pending and with a case like this, and there is a possibility of more victims.

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