Former Volunteer at Willow Creek Community Church Sentenced to 7 Years In Prison for Sexually Abusing Disabled Boys

Robert Sobczak, a former volunteer at Willow Creek Community Church, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse. (Cook County Sheriff's Office photo)
Robert Sobczak, a former volunteer at Willow Creek Community Church, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse. (Cook County Sheriff’s Office photo)

A former volunteer at a northwest suburban church has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two more developmentally disabled boys, prosecutors said.

Robert Sobczak, 20, of Hoffman Estates, was sentenced in Cook County court Tuesday to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to molesting a 15-year-old at a birthday party and an 8-year-old at Willow Creek Community Church in separate incidents.

The admission followed an earlier guilty plea by Sobczak in a case involving another boy at Willow Creek.

The victims in all three cases were special needs children, prosecutors said.

Other charges, including kidnapping, were dropped in exchange for his new guilty plea to a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He received the maximum sentence for the Class 2 felony.

In December, Sobczak had pleaded guilty to molesting another 8-year-old child with special needs while the child was in Sobczak’s care at the South Barrington church in early 2013. Sobczak received probation in that case.

Sobczak was a volunteer in Willow Creek’s Special Friends program for children with disabilities when he took the boy to an isolated area at the church and fondled him, prosecutors said. Church officials said they notified authorities that day, leading to an investigation and Sobczak’s arrest.

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SOURCE: Chicago Tribune
George Houde

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