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Lake County, IL, Coroner Deputy Charged with Sexual Abuse of Minor

Lake County, IL, prosecutors have confirmed that a senior deputy for the Lake County coroner’s office has been charged with offenses related to the sexual abuse of a teenage girl. The accused, 42 year old Robert Barrett of Lindenhurst, IL, has been accused of repeated molestation of a teenage girl according to a spokesperson for the Office of the Lake County State’s Attorney. That spokesperson also indicated that the childhood sexual abuse victim claimed that the inappropriate contact had occurred about two to three times a week over an unspecified time period. A witness reportedly saw the deputy in a compromising position with the alleged sexual abuse victim on Sunday. The sexual abuse victim has been taken to the Children’s Advocacy Center for interviewing.

Barrett was arrested on Sunday when he showed up for work at the Lake County Coroner’s Office according to Lake County Coroner Richard Keller. The accused was then taken to Vista Medical Center West in Waukegan for evaluation for fear that he might be suicidal. He has been placed on administrative leave pending a police investigation into the sexual abuse allegations. The State’s Attorneys office has indicated that additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of that investigation. The Lake County Coroner did not comment on the matter citing the fact that it is an ongoing investigation.

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