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Chicago Daily Herald
Crime & Justice
14 April 1999
Drug interaction: Roger Feitshans was on the doorstep of a guilty plea to an aggravated criminal sexual abuse charge when McHenry County Judge Thomas A. Schemerhorn asked him a question.
Was he taking any prescription medication? The answer negated the plea, and resulted in additional charges and a trial date for the 37-year-old Hebron man and onetime community girl’s softball coach.
Feitshans said he was taking Zoloft, a mood stabilizer. Schemerhorn noted the drug can affect how clearly a person thinks. Feitshans is accused of fondling the two girls ages 15 and 16. It was when a third girl came forward that he decided on the plea.
But with his decision to forgo the guilty plea, the state’s attorney’s office has added two additional charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving the third girl, who is younger than 13. Feitshans’ bond recently was lowered from $250,000 to $30,000 on the new charges. He faces a trial in June.
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