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Former nursing home chaplain set to enter new plea on sex abuse charges

QUINCY (HERALD-WHIG) — The former chaplain at a Quincy nursing home accused of sexually abusing two residents is set to enter a guilty plea next month.

James E. Riley’s case was set for a motion hearing to sever the two charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse Thursday when he waived his right to a jury trial and the case was set for a plea and sentencing hearing on Sept. 9.

Riley, 58, also is set to enter a guilty plea into an unrelated case where he was charged with one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and three counts of criminal sexual assault. He had pleaded not guilty to all charges last month with both cases set on the September jury trial docket.

Adams County Assistant State’s Attorney Anita Rodriguez said the negotiated plea announced during Riley’s court appearance calls for him to plead guilty to two counts of criminal sexual abuse, one count of criminal sexual assault and the predatory criminal sexual assault charge.

If the plea moves forward, Riley would be sentenced to a combined 26 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections — seven years for each count of criminal sexual assault, six years for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and six years for criminal sexual assault.

All sentences run consecutively.

Riley is accused of having sexual contact by use of force with two Good Samaritan Home residents — one 88 and the other 78. The incidents were alleged to have occurred in May at Good Samaritan Home. Riley also is alleged to have had sexual contact with a child younger than 13 and another younger than 18 occurring between July 1, 2001, and Dec. 6, 2003.

Riley was arrested June 24 after the Quincy Police Department was contacted by Good Samaritan Home administrators who had reported a resident’s inappropriate sexual contact by a chaplain.

He was later arrested July 8, while out on bond, after the Quincy Police Department was made aware of alleged inappropriate sexual contact with two girls.

Riley continues to be held in the Adams County Jail on $500,000 bond.

By Matt Hopf Herald-Whig


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