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3 years in prison for former Crystal Lake music teacher in attempted sexual assault of 14-year-old

Kenneth Y. Kang, 70, of Palatine.

A former Crystal Lake music instructor was sentenced to three years in prison for attempted sexual assault of a 14-year-old student he previously taught.

Kenneth Y. Kang, 70, of the 2300 block of North Mosley Court in Palatine, was found guilty on August 11 of ten counts of attempted criminal sexual assault.

The jury acquitted Kang of more serious criminal sexual assault charges.

McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt sentenced Kang on Wednesday to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office said that a college student, who came home on break in 2019, filed a report with the Crystal Lake Police Department.

She told detectives that her music teacher, identified as Kang, had attempted to sexually assault her in 2015. Kang taught music lessons at the Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake.

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Prosecutors said that Kang would stick his hands down the 14-year-old girl’s pants and attempt to penetrate her with his fingers.

The victim reported that the assaults occurred on a weekly basis from September to December 2015.

A second case, which alleges aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges, is ongoing and involves four other victims. It was filed in 2018.

The cases were investigated by the Crystal Lake Police Department and the 2019 case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Susanne Groebner.

Kang, who will have to register as a sex offender for life, remains held in the McHenry County jail.


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