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Bond cut in half for Libertyville therapist charged with sexual assault
By Tony Gordon | Daily Herald Staff

Cori Lynn Rivelli

 

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Published: 9/3/2009 10:06 AM

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Bond was cut in half today for a Libertyville therapist charged with having sex with a 14-year-old client.

Cori Lynn Rivelli, 27, is now required to post $10,000 to be released from custody after Associate Judge Raymond Collins reduced her bond from $200,000 to $100,000.

Rivelli, of the 800 block of Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville, was charged last week with the criminal sexual assault of a 14-year-boy she was counseling at Kids Hope United in Lake Villa.

Assistant State's Attorney Mary Stanton said Rivelli and the boy engaged in sex acts at Rivelli's apartment, at the Lake Villa facility and when Rivelli drove the boy to Peoria to visit his parents.

The alleged activity came to light when another staff member at Kids Hope United heard the boy telling another resident about the relationship and called police.

Waukegan defense attorney Douglas Roberts asked Collins to lower his client's bond to $50,000 because she has no prior criminal record and is a lifelong Lake County resident.

"She is not a menace to the community," Roberts said. "She will reside with her parents and is not a flight risk."

Stanton argued the bond should remain as originally set, saying once Rivelli became aware she was under investigation she removed a water bed from her apartment.

"We believe the defendant attempted to hide or destroy evidence in this case," Stanton said. "It is possible additional counts will be filed."

After Roberts indicated he believed Rivelli would be able to post the cash needed for her release, Collins ordered her to have no direct contact with anyone under 18.

Rivelli, who faces a mandatory sentence of four to 15 years in prison, is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 24.