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Wauconda firefighter faces sexual abuse charges

WAUCONDA – A veteran Wauconda firefighter has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Donald Berthiaume, 41, was charged Wednesday with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in connection with an alleged incident in 2005.

Berthiaume had inappropriate sexual contact with a girl who was under the age of 13, according to a news release. She later reported it to the Lakemoor Police Department.

Berthiaume is a 13-year veteran of the Wauconda Fire District.

He has since been released from custody after posting 10 percent of his $50,000 bond.

The investigation is ongoing.

— Lawerence Synett

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