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Ex-minister gets probation for aggravated battery of a child

Must register as violent offender

OREGON – As part of a plea agreement, a former minister originally charged with sexually molesting an 11-year-old pleaded guilty instead to aggravated battery of a child and was sentenced to 18 months’ probation.

Charles Babler, 65, of Mount Morris, was sentenced Monday in Ogle County Court. The judge ordered him to undergo sex offender counseling and register as a violent offender against youth. He cannot be in a position of authority over youth.

Babler is a former campus pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Polo. The case stemmed from an investigation into a single incident that took place in early 2011.

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