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Ex-Grayslake Central coach admits sexual abuse
By Tony Gordon | Daily Herald Staff

Klint Wescom


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Published: 3/6/2008 12:19 AM

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A former track coach at Grayslake Central High School faces up to five years in prison after admitting Wednesday he molested a student.

Klint Wescom, 31, pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse during a hearing before Circuit Judge Fred Foreman.

A more serious charge of criminal sexual assault was dropped in exchange for his guilty plea.

Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Reginald Matthews said Wescom, who was not a teacher but was paid only to coach track, molested the 17-year-old girl May 5 when she visited his home at 376 Brittain Ave., Grayslake.

The student was one of a group of track team members who began visiting Wescom at his home about a month before the attack.

The student reported the attack to police May 17. Wescom initially denied there had been any physical contact between the two.

In accepting the negotiated plea of guilty, Foreman said he would consider probation for Wescom. Foreman first wants to hear from the victim and her parents at a sentencing hearing.

He scheduled that hearing for May 14 and allowed Wescom to remain free on bond until then.