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Judge: Man unfit for trial in Roselle molestation case
By Christy Gutowski | Daily Herald Staff

Chester Stabrowski

 

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Published: 4/16/2010 10:16 AM | Updated: 4/16/2010 5:04 PM

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An 89-year-old Roselle man is mentally unfit to stand trial on charges he molested two boys he befriended at church, a judge ruled Friday.

DuPage Circuit Judge George Bakalis ordered Chester A. Stabrowski to seek outpatient treatment with the goal he will be restored to fitness within one year.

At a fitness hearing earlier this month, forensic and clinical psychologist John Murray testified Stabrowski, without treatment, is unable to adequately assist his attorneys due to the severity of his symptoms while suffering from depression.

Stabrowski is accused of molesting the boys, both younger than 13, at his home in summer 2007 after meeting them while volunteering at St. Walter Church in Roselle. Police learned of the allegation several months later after one of the boys told a parent. The parent contacted St. Walter's pastor, who immediately notified police.

Stabrowski has struggled with thoughts of suicide, hopelessness, and a lack of memory, concentration and energy in the two years since his arrest, said defense attorneys John Muldoon and Elliot Samuels. They raised a "bona fide doubt" about Stabrowski's fitness and frequent confused state months ago while trying to prepare for trial.

He faces a mandatory life prison term if convicted of the predatory criminal sexual assault of both boys. Prosecutors Enza LaMonica and Michael Pawl noted Stabrowski does not have a history of mental illness and is depressed simply due to the realization that he will die in prison if convicted.

Stabrowski, who is free on bond, is a widower who lives alone. He does not have a prior criminal history.