Crime & Courts

5th person alleges sex assault, abuse by former Crystal Lake music instructor

Kenneth Kang
Kenneth Kang

A 69-year-old Palatine man and former Crystal Lake music instructor is due in court Tuesday on new sexual assault charges dating back to 2015.

Kenneth Kang was arrested Wednesday on a series of felony charges stemming from September to December 2015. Kang, of the 2300 block of Mosley Court, faces 10 counts of criminal sexual assault of a minor. The felony offense typically is punishable by as many as 15 years in prison, court records show.

In addition to teaching cello lessons at the McHenry County Youth Orchestra and Academy, Kang previously worked as an adjunct faculty member at McHenry County College until the time of his arrest on separate charges in 2018. At the time, he was accused of having sexual contact with a girl while she was between 14 and 17 years old, according to a redacted criminal complaint.

During that investigation, officers identified three additional victims, Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Thomas Kotlowski said in an email Monday.

“Approximately two weeks ago, this department received information from a new victim who reported she was abused by Mr. Kang between the ages of 13-18,” Kotlowski said. “The case was reviewed with the States Attorney, who approv[ed]10 additional counts of criminal sexual assault.”

Kang was free on bond when police arrested him about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. He remained at the McHenry County Jail on a $250,000 bond Monday evening.

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