Vernon Hills man asks for speedy trial on sex charges
WAUKEGAN — An elderly man from Vernon Hills pleaded not guilty to predatory sexual assault charges Tuesday and pushed for a Friday trial.
Jacob P. Hagemann, 85, of 310 Greenbriar Lane, was arraigned in Lake County Circuit Court on four counts of predatory sexual assault and 17 counts of aggravated sexual assault.
Vernon Hills police originally filed charges Oct. 26 after receiving a report alleging Hagemann committed the sexual acts approximately 10 years ago on a victim known to him.
Court documents indicate only one victim was identified by police.
Attorney Daniel Zeit, representing Hagemann, waived preliminary hearings and asked Associate Judge Christopher Stride for the earliest trial date possible.
A Friday trial with Judge James Booras was granted.
Stride also agreed to an immediate bond hearing and lowered Hagemann’s bond from $750,000 to $400,000.
Zeit had sought a $250,000 bond, but Stride rejected the request because Hagemann still lives near the victim’s neighborhood.
Zeit said family already gathered $25,000 for bail.
During the hearing, Zeit told Stride that Vernon Hills police misled the senior citizen, coercing a confession after a lengthy detention.
Zeit also mentioned a stroke from several years ago that Hagemann is still recovering from.
Assistant State’s Attorney Tim Niehus said Hagemann’s confession included the same acts during the same time frames as those the victim reported.