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JOLIET, Ill. (STMW) - A southwest suburban soccer coach was ordered held on $750,000 bond Saturday charged with sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy, following a week-long investigation by the Will County Sheriff’s office.

Darrell J. Stephenson, 24, of Crest Hill, was charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

Stephenson appeared for a hearing at the Will County Courthouse Saturday morning where his bond was set at $750,000. Stephenson was also ordered to have no contact with any minor children should he post the required bond of $75,000, according to the release.

Stephenson, a local soccer coach, was taken into custody late Friday by after a week long investigation.

Charges against Stephenson stem from an investigation which implicated Stephenson having sexual contact with a 12-year-old boy, the release said.

Sheriff’s investigators also conducted a search warrant late last night at Stephenson’s residence.

Sheriff’s Police are looking in to the possibility that Stephenson may have had inappropriate contact with other children in the past and are asking parents to speak with their children about any such contact with Stephenson.

Stephenson reportedly has been a youth soccer coach in various local soccer programs including the Frankfort, Plainfield and Joliet areas. He is believed to have been a substitute teacher in the Joliet and Plainfield area, according to the release.

Sheriff’s Police investigators may be contacted at (815) 727-8574.

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