“A former Deerfield pastor charged with having sexual contact with a teenager at his former church has been sentenced to two years of sex offender probation after pleading guilty to criminal sexual abuse in a negotiated resolution to the case.
In addition to the probation and its restrictions, Samuel Kee was also sentenced to 12 months of periodic imprisonment, which will be stayed provided that he follows all requirements of the sentence, Lake County Circuit Judge Victoria Rossetti ruled.
Under the agreement, finalized Dec. 12, Kee must register as a child sex offender; undergo evaluation and attend treatment programs as required by probation officials; perform 200 hours of public service; have no contact with minors; and must obey restrictions on his use of the internet. He also faces random drug and alcohol testing.
Assistant State’s Attorney Jason Grindel said that charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse were dismissed in exchange for the guilty plea. Probation was an option for all of the initial charges Kee faced, Grindel said.
Kee, of Lake Zurich, was charged in 2015 after voluntarily walking into the Deerfield Police Department and confessing to an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old girl in the summer of 2014.
Kee was pastor of teaching and discipleship at the North Suburban Evangelical Free Church when he was charged. The girl was a member of the congregation.
Police said he admitted to touching the girl in inappropriate places on her body. There were no charges involving force.
Kee resigned his church position about 11 days after he reported the relationship to police. He had served as pastor for five years.
Deerfield Deputy police Chief Tom Keane said at the time that Kee “just walked into the police station and said he had to confess to a crime. We had to kind of work backward and locate the victim and talk to the victim and build the case.”
Kee spent two days in Lake County jail and then was released after posting 10 percent of his $300,000 bail.”