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Mundelein kidnapping, sex assault trial date moved

Jose Reyes

Jose Reyes

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Updated: February 11, 2014 6:22AM

The trial of Jose Reyes, who could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of sex crimes involving a 3-year-old Mundelein girl, has been moved to March 3.

Defense attorney Katherine Hatch requested a continuance from the initial Jan. 21 trial date at a status hearing Thursday in Lake County Court. Hatch explained that the case involves a lot of evidence, requiring more time to review it.

Judge Mark Levitt granted the request, setting the new trial date as well as a status hearing for Feb. 4 to consider pretrial motions.

Reyes, 28, was present at the brief hearing Thursday wearing a red county-issue jail jumpsuit, indicating that he is currently being held in the jail’s maximum security segregation unit.

He pleaded not guilty Nov. 14 to charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault of a child, aggravated kidnapping and production of child pornography. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.

Reyes was arrested Oct. 2 for the alleged abduction of a 3-year-old girl Sept. 30 near the entrance to a condominium complex at 555 Deepwoods Drive in Mundelein. The kidnapping lasted about 30 minutes before the girl was returned to the site, police said.

Just prior to the abduction, the toddler was walking with her older sister and mother, who was carrying an infant, to a building in Diamond Lake Condominiums.

Reyes is being held in Lake County Jail in lieu of $5 million bond.

He has prior arrests for burglary and assault, according to Mundelein police. He had been employed in Libertyville.

Prosecutors in the case are assistant state’s attorneys Fred Day and Eric Kalata.

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