Crime & Courts

Woodstock man, convicted child sex offender pleads not guilty to kidnapping charges

Man deemed fit to stand trial

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Kevin A. Sorensen, 39, of 212 Meadow Lane, Woodstock, was charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and unlawful restraint in connection with the incident, according to a news release from Woodstock police. If convicted of his most serious charge, he faces up to 30 years in prison.

WOODSTOCK – A Woodstock man and convicted child sex offender accused of trying to pull a 4-year-old boy off his bike near a park was deemed psychologically competent to stand trial.

Kevin A. Sorensen, 39, of 212 Meadow Lane, appeared in court Wednesday for an arraignment and to determine whether he was fit to stand trial.

Sorensen’s lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Angelo Mourelatos, said his client was given an initial evaluation by Robert Meyer, a clinical psychologist.

Meyer found that Sorensen was able to continue with all court proceedings.

Sorensen pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery and unlawful restraint.

If convicted of his most serious charge, he faces up to 30 years in prison.

An investigation revealed Sorensen tried to pick up a boy off his bicycle and abduct him in the early afternoon of Aug. 11 near Olson Play Park in Woodstock.

The boy and his friends screamed and attracted the attention of nearby adults, who held Sorensen down until police arrived.

Sorensen was charged in 1993 with raping an 8-year-old boy after he lured him into the woods near
St. John Road in Woodstock. Sorensen was 15 at the time and only had to register as a sex offender for 10 years, records show.

The adults involved in the incident, Sean Norton, Jonathon Hunt, Octavio Ramirez and Christina Ramirez, were honored by Woodstock city officials last week for their efforts to rescue the boy.

Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager called the rescue “heroic” and likely life-saving.