Pastor accused of sexual abuse found not mentally fit to stand trial

Published: Oct. 15, 2013 at 8:36 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 15, 2013 at 8:38 PM CDT
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Bill Vandergraph (Source: Union Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Bill Vandergraph (Source: Union Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

UNION COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Union County State's Attorney Tyler Edmonds says a Union County pastor has been found not mentally fit to stand trial.

Pastor Bill Vandergraph was charged with criminal sexual abuse.

In a recent bench trial, or discharge hearing, the judge decided there was enough evidence to convict if Vandergraph had been fit to stand trial. As of now, he is not guilty.

At a status hearing on Tuesday, October 15, the court ruled that Vandergraph is required to register as a sex offender even though he wasn't convicted. He will have to submit a DNA sample.

Vandergraph will be back in court in December to decide if he'll be committed to something like a mental health facility if the judge decides he is a danger to society.

According to Edmonds, Vandergraph was charged with one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. His alleged victim was under the age of 13. He was then charged with two more counts of criminal sexual abuse.

Vandergraph was a well-known pastor in Alto Pass and chairman of a group that's renovating the Bald Knob Cross.

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