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Crime & Courts

Sycamore man acquitted in child sexual abuse case

Earl G. Fairley, 75, of Sycamore
Earl G. Fairley, 75, of Sycamore

SYCAMORE – A 75-year-old Sycamore man was acquitted Thursday of child sexual abuse charges brought against him in 2017.

Elizabeth Ruble and Kelley Flinn of Elgin-based Cohen Donahue & Walsh Attorneys at law, defended Earl G. Fairley, of the
1400 block of John Street in Sycamore.

A jury found Fairley not guilty Thursday, court records show.

Ruble said although Fairley didn’t take the stand in the jury trial, evidence pointed to the not guilty jury verdict.

“Earl was just like any person charged with a ... crime – he did not need to prove his innocence,” Ruble said. “He continued the entirety of his case with the presumption of his innocence.”

Police had claimed Fairley had inappropriately touched a female family member. If he’d been convicted, he could have faced three to seven years in prison. Fairley was arrested at his home Aug. 18, 2017, and he has no conditions tied to his release now that he’s been found not guilty.

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