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Judge finds Lakemoor man guilty of 2018 sexual assault

Kevin F. Graf, 27, of the 500 block of Summer Boulevard, Lakemoor
Kevin F. Graf, 27, of the 500 block of Summer Boulevard, Lakemoor

A 27-year-old Lakemoor man was found guilty Friday of sexually assaulting his former girlfriend in September 2018.

McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt announced the guilty verdict after a two-day trial by judge, which began Feb. 21 and resumed Friday.

Kevin F. Graf, of the 500 block of Summer Boulevard, is scheduled to be sentenced April 16 for criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse and restraint.

In making his determination Friday, Wilbrandt said he found Graf’s testimony not credible. Throughout the trial, Graf contradicted video-recorded statements that he previously made to police. Specifically, he told an officer during a September 2018 interview that he knew what he did was wrong and admitted to hearing the woman say no several times.

“She said no. I know she said no. I know it was wrong. I feel horrible about it,” Graf told police.

Graf testified that his judgment at the time of the interview was clouded by the growing “Me Too movement.” His statements to police weren’t an admission, but rather an expression of how bad he felt knowing the woman believed he assaulted her.

“I didn’t want to get caught up with the names of people like Harvey Weinstein,” Graf said.

The woman testified Feb. 21 that she and Graf were hanging out and playing video games at her home the night of Sept. 16, 2018. The pair drank and played games into the next day, but the morning took a turn when Graf approached the woman from behind and gave her a “bear hug,” she testified.

When she told him to stop so she could focus on the video game, Graf knocked the controller out of her hand and wrestled her to the ground, she said.

“At this time I was saying, ‘Kevin, no, stop,’ and ‘What are you doing?’ several times,” the woman testified.

Graf said the woman asked him to teach her a wrestling move, which led to a bout of “play wrestling.”

“He thought they were engaging in foreplay,” Graf’s attorney, William Dennison, said Friday.

A group of about six people who attended court with Graf consoled one another and cried while a McHenry County court security officer placed the man in handcuffs and led him back to the McHenry County Jail.

The judge revoked Graf’s bond after trial, meaning he will remain at the jail until the sentencing hearing.

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