Accused sex predator still unfit

Paul D. Olsson, accused of sexually assaulting four young boys in the locker room of a tennis club, remains unfit to stand trial, according to a report from state mental health officials, which was presented Tuesday in Lake County Circuit Court.

Olsson, 20, may be able to regain fitness within a year, they added. Olsson, who was not present at the hearing, is at the state mental health facility in Elgin.

Judge Fred Foreman set the next status date for Olsson’s fitness on Feb. 27.

Foreman also set a Dec. 11 date for issuing a ruling on a request from David Olsson, Paul’s father, to have returned the $250,000 cash he had posted for his son’s bail.

Foreman directed the Public Defender’s Office to prepare a summary of costs incurred as part of representing Olsson.

Olsson is accused of assaulting the boys, then 6 to 10 years old, in July and August of 2005 at the Lincolnshire Club where he was a tennis coach.

Between January and June, Olsson received 20 continuances after contending that he contacted some 50 lawyers and none would take his case. Olsson had originally hired his own counsel, but fired him in January after the lawyer suggested a negotiated guilty plea and sentence to nine years in prison.

On Oct. 12, Olsson was found mentally unfit and sent to the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Olsson faces 13 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse, A conviction on any of the Class X offenses carries a mandatory sentence of six to 30 years in prison.

Published in: on November 28, 2007 at 6:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

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