Crystal Lake Man Charged with Criminal Sexual Abuse of Child

Michael A. Petersen, 35, was arrested Dec. 14, and charged with criminal sexual abuse and solicitation of a child.


A Crystal Lake man had inappropriate sexual contact with a child on various occasions over the period of one year, according to Crystal Lake Police.

Michael A. Petersen, 35, of 1390 Fair Oaks Ave., was arrested Friday, Dec. 14, without incident at his parents' Huntley home, according to Crystal Lake Police Commander Mike Brichetto.

Petersen was charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony, and one count of indecent solicitation of a child, a Class 3 felony, Brichetto said in a press release. He was transported to the McHenry County Jail, with bond being set at $100,000.

According to the release, the Illinois Department of Children and Family services alerted police of the alleged abuse after receiving a call from a mandated reporter.

A police investigation subsequently revealed that Petersen had engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with a child under the age of 13. The incidents occured on or about September 2011 through December 2012, Brichetto said.

Petersen is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 4.


Crystal Lake Police advise as a reminder that persons arrested and charged with offenses are considered innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Darren Rivchin December 19, 2012 at 03:04 PM
The paper said this morning he was released on a reduced bond. The courts cut in 1/2 because of his ties to the community? Spooooky. At first glance one would question this. Perhaps the judge released him knowing that most fathers will take this type of things in their own hands. Maybe this guy is innocent? I hope so. I know if it was my daughter or a friends daughter...... I would be on the front page the same day of his release....... And no poor innocent child would have to worry about the culprit ever again.... Of course if he is innocent, He deserves justification. If not perhaps some of us fathers can get together for a nice chat with guys like this... Maybe start a little club ? Call it the missing culprit club ? Any suggestions ? God help this individual in any event..............
McCloud December 19, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Solicitation of a child? No probs have a Merry Christmas see you next year. Good grief, and they want more gun laws.
Sally January 02, 2013 at 08:34 PM
That little girl will never be the same. Why would a child that age lie? Makes no sense. Not sure what a "nice chat with guys like this" would do. They are sexual predators and have an additction problem. They are sick and need mental help. We all, well most, of us know that sexual offenders repeat more than a majority of the time. What if that were your daughter...
Julie Thomas June 05, 2014 at 06:16 PM
Michael Petersen is guilty. He has a sick twisted mind. Tried to get with little girls. I was just 18. She drugged and rapped my friends friend. He is a MONSTER! I hope he gets what he deserves. For all the little girls lives he ruined! He tries to play off he is the victim but he is a sick twisted person. Touching little girls. Sick!
Julie Thomas June 05, 2014 at 06:17 PM
Mike Petersen doesn't have an innocent bone in his body! One less child molester on the street


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