|Asbury sentenced for sexual assault|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Former HJHS social studies teacher Kevin Asbury was sentenced in Phillips County District Court last Tuesday, May 17.
Following a two-hour sentencing hearing, Judge Michael Singer sentenced Asbury, 46, to five years to life in the Department of Corrections (DOC), with eight days credited for time served.
The sentence was for a guilty plea for sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, a Class 4 felony.
Judge Singer noted that Community Corrections was not addressed by either side as an option. Community Corrections doesn’t currently accept sexual offenders, he added.
As part of the sentencing, Singer scheduled Asbury to return to Phillips County District Court Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. to look at a Community Corrections option.
Two counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust (Class 3 felonies) were dismissed by the District Attorney.
Asbury was assessed $3,366.50 in fines and costs at the May 17 hearing.
Judge Singer’s sentence order cited there was no sexually violent predator finding. Asbury must register as a sexual offender.
Asbury was arrested by Holyoke Police Department April 23, 2010. He was immediately placed on administrative leave from his teaching position in the local school district when the district became aware of the allegations against him.
Asbury’s resignation from his teaching position was accepted by the Re-1J School Board April 24, effective at the end of the 2009-10 school year.