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Baseball coach remains in jail on child porn charges

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 5:19 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 2:30 p.m. CDT
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Marcus Sabo

WOODSTOCK – A Crystal Lake youth baseball coach charged with five-dozen counts of child pornography remains in McHenry County Jail.

Marcus J. Sabo, 40, of Crystal Lake, was charged with 60 counts of child pornography. Though he was indicted over the summer, he was served an arrest warrant Aug. 22. Neither prosecutors nor defense attorneys would comment on the reason for the delay.

According to a McHenry County Grand Jury indictment from June, Sabo is accused of possessing images that depicted underage males either engaged in sex acts or in lewd positions.

Sabo coached 15-year-old boys on the Crystal Lake Babe Ruth organization.

"To my knowledge, there were no pictures of any of the players on the team," McHenry County State's Attorney Criminal Division Chief Michael Combs said.

The Crystal Lake Babe Ruth Baseball League expressed shock at the charges.

"The Board of the Crystal Lake Babe Ruth Baseball League is individually and as an organization upset and shocked by the news that Marc Sabo, a volunteer director and manager with the league, faces charges of possessing child pornography on his personal computer. These charges are based on activities that occurred during his own personal and private time," Rick Reilly, president of Crystal Lake Babe Ruth Baseball, said in a statement.

"These alleged activities did not involve [league] property or equipment and did not expose any [Crystal Lake Babe Ruth Baseball League] athletes, based on our knowledge of the ongoing investigation," Reilly said.

As soon as the charges were filed, Sabo's positions with the league were revoked and he was barred from having contact with the league or its athletes, Reilly said in the statement.

McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather previously ordered a psychological examination for Sabo. His attorney, Public Defender Angelo Mourelatos, is waiting on the results of the evaluation and additional discovery.

Crystal Lake police officers forwarded all inquiries to the Illinois State Police, who investigated the alleged crimes. State Police did not return repeated calls for comment.

Sabo's bond is set at $125,000. All charges are Class 3 felonies, punishable by a maximum of five years in prison.

His next court date is Oct. 15.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated from print and earlier online versions. The defendant no longer lives at the address he provided in a sworn affidavit.

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