ELBURN – Kane County Associate Judge Linda Abrahamson has reduced bail for an Elburn man charged with child sex abuse and soliciting a minor for sex.
Richard L. Herra, 49, of the 400 block of East Reader Street, Elburn, appeared in Kane County Court on Thursday, asking Abrahamson to reduce his bail from $250,000. Abrahamson, over the objection of the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, granted the request and set Herra’s new bail at $100,000, meaning Herra would have to post $10,000 to be released, according to a news release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.
After a Kane County Sheriff’s Office investigation in late September, Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon charged Herra with indecent solicitation of a child, a Class 3 felony; attempted aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 3 felony; and indecent solicitation of a child through the Internet, a Class 4 felony. Kane County prosecutors allege that Herra solicited a minor to engage in a sex act and attempted to commit the sex act, according to the release.
After he was charged, Kane County Associate Judge Christine Downs gave Herra a signature bond, allowing him to be released from the Kane County jail on his promise to appear in court, according to the release.
Two days later, after a second Kane County Sheriff’s Office investigation, Kane County prosecutors charged Herra with six counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony, alleging that Herra committed a sex act with a minor younger than 17, according to the release.
Upon signing a warrant for Herra’s arrest, Downs set Herra’s bail at $250,000. Kane County Sheriff’s Office detectives took Herra into custody in the second case on Sept. 29. Herra since has been held in the Kane County jail, according to the release.
The alleged offenses are not related to one another, involve separate victims and occurred before the initial investigation took place. The second charges were filed after Herra was released from custody in the first case, according to the release.
Abrahamson’s decision to reduce Herra’s bond comes two days after the Kane County Board, in a cost-cutting move, eliminated electronic home monitoring and GPS monitoring as an alternative to pretrial incarceration, according to the release.
If Herra posts bond, he is prohibited from having contact of any kind with a minor; he is prohibited from having unsupervised contact with any immediate family member who is a minor; and he is prohibited from using the Internet, according to the release.
Abrahamson set Herra’s next court appearance for 9 a.m. Nov. 17 in courtroom 305 at the Kane County Judicial Center.
If convicted of the most serious offense, Herra faces a sentence of probation or between three and seven years’ imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
In addition to the prison term, Herra would have to register for life as a sexual offender in accordance with the Illinois Sexual Offender Registration Act.
The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information about Herra should call Kane County Sheriff’s Office investigators at 630-444-1103.