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Judge grants new trial for former youth pastor found guilty of disorderly conduct


A Kane County judge last week ordered a new trial for a Sugar Grove man who was found not guilty of sexual exploitation of a child, but found guilty of disorderly conduct.


Paxton Singer, 25, of Sugar Grove, was due Friday at the Aurora Branch Court for sentencing when Judge Michael Noland motioned for a new trial.


Authorities said they are looking to retry the charge for disorderly conduct.

At the same time, Singer will not undergo a new trial for the sexual exploitation of a child offense.


The judge issued that verdict earlier this month.


Authorities said that because Singer was found not guilty of the sexual exploitation of a child charge, he cannot be retried again for the offense because that would be considered double jeopardy.


State statute indicates a person commits disorderly conduct when he/she knowingly commits any act in such an unreasonable manner as to alarm or disturb another and to provoke a breach of the peace.


Authorities allege that Singer exchanged Snap Chat and text messages with students, requesting inappropriate images and asking personal questions.


Singer, a former youth pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel in Aurora, was arrested in October 2018 after an investigation, nearly one year after being fired from his position at the church in January 2018.


Another court hearing is scheduled for Dec. 12.

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