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June 13, 2024

Former Paris Alderman Kemper Sentenced to 4 Years DOC; Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On February 20, 2022

Paris, IL. (ECWd) –

Former Paris City Councilman Robert “Steve” Kemper, who plead guilty on January 7, 2022, to aggravated criminal sexual abuse (Class 2 Felony) was sentenced in Edgar County Circuit Court on February 18, 2022, to 4 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Kemper asked for a 24-hour furlough before reporting to prison, but it was denied, and he was immediately taken into custody.

From the docket:

  • Sentencing hearing held. Sworn Testimony heard on behalf of Defense. Character letters and Evaluation filed 2/15/2022 admitted as Deft’s Exhibits.
  • Victim’s Impact Statement on behalf of victim read by Sandra Kemper admitted. Deft’s statement in allocution heard.
  • Arguments heard. Factors in aggravation and mitigation heard.
  • Conviction on the plea is entered.
  • Deft is sentenced to 4 years DOC with credit for 7 days served plus 1 years MSR (Mandatory Supervised Release).
  • He is ordered to pay the following: scheduled assessments per schedule 4, $750 fine, $250 DNA, $210 credit for time served.
  • Deft is ineligible for impact incarceration.
  • Mittimus to issue instanter.
  • Defense motion for 24-hour furlough is denied.
  • Deft to be taken into custody.

Kemper had plead not guilty in Sep 2020, after his arrest in August of 2020.


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  • Jack Tarleton
    Posted at 09:55h, 21 February Reply

    Good riddance! One perve out of Paris, about 1,000 to go!

  • Greg G
    Posted at 12:15h, 28 February Reply

    “Hi Steve welcome to IDOC meet your new roommate, His name is Ben Dover, Enjoy your state!”

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