WOODSTOCK – A Marengo man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he battered and sexually abused a Marengo Community High School employee.
On Jan. 13, Leonard H. Fick Jr., 58, allegedly pushed a metal hook between the legs of a Marengo Community High School employee and grabbed the man's genitals on school grounds, according to court records.
Fick was arrested by Marengo Police Jan. 30 and placed in McHenry County Jail on a $15,000 bond. Fick paid the required 10 percent of his bond and was released, records show.
Fick, who was a school custodian at the time of the incident, allegedly used a three-foot long rod with a hook attached to the end to wrap around the victim's legs, according to the Marengo Police Department. He then pulled the hook against the victim's leg.
The hook is a tool used to move carpeting, police said.
He is charged with aggravated battery, a class three felony, and criminal sexual abuse, a class four felony.
If convicted, Fick faces up to five years in prison.
- Jim Dallke