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Church volunteer charged with fondling boy in special needs class

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SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A 19-year-old man who volunteered for a program assisting children with special needs at a northwest suburban megachurch has been charged with sexually abusing one of those children.

Robert Sobczak was a volunteer in the Special Friends program at the Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington when he allegedly fondled an 8-year-old boy in the program in February, according to Cook County prosecutors.

Sobczak, of the 3900 block of Whispering Trail in Hoffman Estates, was arrested Friday and charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony, according to Cook County State's Attorney's office spokeswoman Lisa Gordon.

The Special Friends program provides care for special needs children while their parents are in church, Gordon said, citing court records.

"The victim was in the program on Feb. 17 when the offender removed him from the classroom and took him to a separate room alone. He then fondled the victim," she said, citing court records.

On Saturday, Sobczak was ordered held on a $100,000 bond. His next court appearance is set for May 31 in Rolling Meadows, Gordon said.

A spokesman for the Willow Creek Church, at 67 E. Algonquin Rd. in South Barrington, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

South Barrington police refused to comment on the arrest.

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