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South Loop Elementary molestation case set for trial after 6 years of delays

More than six years after the alleged assaults, a man accused of molesting three boys could soon have his day in court.

Alfonso Cedillo is charged with three counts of indecency with a child. His trial is scheduled to begin on September 28, 2018.

The case has been delayed eight times in the past six years. Cedillo’s defense attorney recently filed a motion to have the case continued another ten days.

At a hearing Thursday morning, visiting judge Susan Larson denied the defense’s motion for continuance, meaning the trial date of September 28, 2018 still stands.

Cedillo’s defense attorney then told the judge he may have to file a motion to withdraw from the case because of the judge denying the continuance request.

At the time of the alleged assaults in 2012, Cedillo was a physical education aide at South Loop Elementary School. Cedillo was 39 years old at the time Authorities accuse him of touching the genitals of two students. One of the accusers was 10 years old at the time. The other accuser was 11 years old.

A criminal complaint affidavit obtained by ABC-7 in 2012 states the 10-year-old boy told police he was being teased by classmates about wetting the bed. The boy left the group and was allegedly approached by Cedillo. The affidavit states Cedillo told the boy to go with him into his office, locked the door, then began massaging the boy’s backside.

The affidavit further states Cedillo forced the 10-year-old to drop his shorts and boxers. Cedillo then allegedly began rubbing the child’s genitals for approximately five minutes. The victim told police Cedillo looked happy during the incident and that Cedillo allegedly told the boy, “Ok, we are out of time. Go back outside, but don’t tell anybody about this.”

The court documents states the 11-year-old boy told police Cedillo approached him and criticized his basketball shooting technique. Cedillo allegedly took the boy into his office and fondled the victim’s genitals over his clothing.

At Thursday’s hearing, the prosecution stated that the victims are now in high school and that they have been waiting more than six years to testify against Cedillo.

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