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Police: Convicted child sex offender attempts to kidnap 4-year-old boy in Woodstock

Kevin A. Sorensen, 39, of 212 Meadow Lane, Woodstock
Kevin A. Sorensen, 39, of 212 Meadow Lane, Woodstock

WOODSTOCK – A convicted child sexual offender who police said pulled a 4-year-old boy off his bike near Olson Play Park in Woodstock and tried to run off with him was arrested Thursday.

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 police were called to Clay and Bagley streets for reports of a fight in progress about 12:43 p.m. Thursday.

After Sorensen picked the boy off his bicycle and tried to run off, the boy and his friends began screaming, police said. The screaming alerted adults to the situation, and two people freed the 4-year-old from Sorensen and held Sorensen until police arrived.

The child was not injured in the incident, police said.

Sorensen will be taken to the McHenry County Jail. His next court appearance had not been set as of Friday afternoon.

Sorensen is a convicted child sexual offender, who is no longer required to register as such, police said.

He was charged in 1993 with luring an 8-year-old boy into the woods in the 700 block of St. Johns Road, Woodstock, and raping him, according to Northwest Herald archives.

Sorensen, who was 15 years old at the time, pleaded innocent in the case and faced up to 30 years in prison, records show.

The outcome of the case was not immediately clear. Woodstock Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Parsons said at the time of Sorensen’s 1993 charge, he would have only had to register as a sexual offender for 10 years.

In 2000, Sorensen was indicted on charges of failure to register as a sex offender, records show.

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