Former UTHS resource officer sentenced to probation, jail in child porn case

A former United Township High School (UTHS) student resource officer has been charged with...
A former United Township High School (UTHS) student resource officer has been charged with child pornography. This is according to the Rock Island County State's Attorney's Office. Officials with the office say an investigation began in August 2019 regarding Officer Kirk DeGreve. This was started by the Rock Island County State's Attorney's Office after a complaint was made. (KWQC/Illinois State Police)(KWQC)
Published: Mar. 12, 2021 at 2:31 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 12, 2021 at 2:39 PM CST
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ROCK ISLAND Co., Ill. (KWQC) - A former resource officer at United Township High School was sentenced Friday to 90 days in jail and 30 months of probation for possessing child pornography.

Kirk A. DeGreve, 48, of Moline, must register as a sex offender, Judge Norma Kauzlarich ordered during a 30-minute sentencing hearing in Rock Island County Circuit Court.

DeGreve apologized to the judge, saying, “I’m sure you’re disappointed in me as well.”

He also apologized to the East Moline Police Department, the high school, his friends and family, and the student and her family.

“I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said and asked the judge for leniency.

DeGreve pleaded guilty in October to unlawful possession of child pornography, a Class 3 felony. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dismissed two counts of criminal sexual assault and one count of unlawful possession of child pornography.

The Illinois State Police was contacted in August 2019 by then-East Moline Police Chief John Reynolds to conduct an independent criminal investigation of a suspected inappropriate relationship between DeGreve and a then-17-year-old UTHS student, according to state police.

DeGreve was immediately removed from the school and reassigned to patrol duties during the investigation, according to state police. He was later placed on administrative leave.

Illinois State Police Special Agent Luke Kuehl testified Friday the student initially denied having a sexual relationship with DeGreve during an interview in December 2019.

The student said she has known DeGreve since she was in seventh grade and he was a school resource officer at her middle school, Keuhl testified.

The girl admitted in January 2020 that there was a sexual relationship after police found an image of her and DeGreve on his cell phone, Keuhl testified.

DeGreve was arrested on Jan. 23, 2020, in Springfield.

The Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office was asked to prosecute the case at the request of Rock Island County State’s Attorney Dora Villarreal.

Carroll County State’s Attorney Aaron Kaney asked Kauzlarich to sentence DeGreve to three years in prison and argued that the former officer held a position of trust or supervision over the student and that he had a duty to protect her.

His attorney, Douglas Scovil, argued for probation and pointed to letters of support that he said described DeGreve as a “caring and compassionate individual” who took care of his family and was active in the community.

Scovil also argued that DeGreve had taken responsibility for his actions and did not have a prior criminal history.

In handing down the sentence, Kauzlarich also mentioned the letters of support.

“Not one of those letters in your support even mentioned the victim, like she was nothing,” she said. “You at least had the stones to at least apologize to her. It’s mostly about your family, but to her.”

“You hurt her mentally and psychologically, but not one person that wrote in your favor said anything about her. And you did in passing because it’s all about you.”

DeGreve must report to the Rock Island County Jail on April 15 to begin serving the jail sentence. He will receive day-for-day credit but will get credit for any time spent in the jail while the case was pending.

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