Crime & Courts

Gacy nephew found guilty of sex offenses

WOODSTOCK – A jury on Friday found a former Algonquin man guilty of multiple sex offenses.

During closing arguments this morning, prosecutors attacked the mother and aunt of the alleged victim in a sexual abuse case, accusing them of "tampering" with her.

Raymond M. Kasper, 49, was charged with several counts each of predatory criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse. Jurors began deliberating about 10:50 a.m.

Kasper is the nephew of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, although jurors were barred from hearing of that relationship.

The alleged victim, a 12-year-old girl, told her school guidance counselor and, later, police that Kasper touched her in a sexual manner on several occasions last year.

However, after the girl met with Kasper's attorney, along with her mother and aunt – who is Kasper's sister – she recanted her story and said that it had all been a dream.

Assistant State's Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein said that the girl's mother brought her, "gift-wrapped," to defense attorney Michael Barrett's office.

Eisenstein said that the mother "had no maternal bone in her body."

"She let the defendant do whatever he wanted with her daughter," Eisenstein said.

The mother, who had been sitting in the courtroom, created an outburst and said that she couldn't be supportive when her children had been taken from her. She then was ordered out of the courtroom by a bailiff.

Just a few minutes before, police officers and members of the Department of Children and Family Services had taken the alleged victim and her brother out of the mother's custody.

Kasper's attorney pointed out that the girl allegedly once said she was "70 percent" sure that the incidents were real. That's a "C-," one point away from a "D," Barrett said, and isn't enough to prove Kasper guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

When he took the stand, Kasper confirmed that he once had rubbed lotion on the girl's back after she came home with mosquito bites. But she had been wearing pajama bottoms at the time and was covering her front with a towel over her body, he said.

The truth does not change, and but the girl's story did while Kasper's did not, Barrett said.

"Right now, no one's saying he did it," Barrett said. "How can you convict a man beyond a reasonable doubt when no one's saying he did it?"

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