4/20/17 - A motion hearing was held yesterday for the former Fox Lake Police Chief accused of molesting a young girl and then later stalking her and two other people nearly thirty years ago. Patrick Lynch was charged in 2010 with six felony charges of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child and Stalking. At yesterday’s hearing, the prosecution requested the court to clarify several conditions of Lynch’s bond. The state - citing their clients fear of the defendant - asked that Lynch not have direct or indirect contact with the victims and no contact with the list of witnesses. Lynch’s defense Attorney Christopher Van Wagner said that this was a solution looking for a problem and called it a bail jumping tripwire, stating that his client only goes to work and comes home. Judge Martin De Vries agreed to implement the no contact order, saying that it was reasonable to have it in place going into trial. In regards to the stalking accusations, the state also asked that Lynch own no firearms. Van Wagner says that his client lives might need firearms to protect to himself against potential attackers. The court amended the state’s request so that Lynch may not possess firearms outside of his home. The state also asked that the 61-year-old Lynch identify the model, make, color, and license plate of his personal vehicles and work trucks to make it easier for the victims in the case to avoid the defendant. Van Wagner said that he was worried for the safety of his client and that making that information public knowledge could open his client to unwarranted attention. The court ordered the defendant to register the vehicles with the clerk of courts, allowing him 48 hours to provide the information.
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