Resource Officer Gets 90 Day Sentence for Child Porn, Sexual Assault Charges Dropped



Resource Officer Kirk DeGreve, with the East Moline Police Department, sentenced to just 90 days in jail for possession of child pornography
Kirk DeGreve

Illinois State Police Conduct Investigation on Police Officer

(IL) – In August of 2019 the police chief of the East Moline Police Department, contacted the Illinois State Police to request an independent investigation on one of East Moline’s officers, Kirk A. DeGreve. The crime the police chief reported was “of a suspected inappropriate relationship” between DeGreve, who functioned as a resource officer, and a 17-year old student at the high school the officer worked at.

DeGreve originally pled not guilty and the teenager, who has known DeGreve since she was in seventh grade, denied they had a sexual relationship. However, the Illinois State Police investigators found a picture of the teenager on DeGreve’s cell phone. The picture is not described, but after being told by investigators that they had seen it, the teenager admitted to the sexual relationship. And it must have been sufficiently graphic to result in one of the Possession of Child Pornography charges.

Disgraceful Leniency by Judge

The Illinois State Police brought two charges of Possession of Child Pornography and two charges of Criminal Sexual Assault. DeGreve’s attorney, in a plea bargain with the prosecutors, was able to get both sexual assault charges dropped, along with one of the child pornography charges. The single Possession of Child Pornography charge carries a 2 – 5 year range for sentencing. The prosecution felt the most they could get was three years.

According to KWQC.com, “Carroll County State’s Attorney Aaron Kaney asked Kauzlarich to sentence DeGreve to three years in prison and argued that the former officer held a position of trust or supervision over the student and that he had a duty to protect her.”

Instead, on March 12 of this year, Judge Norma Kauzlarich decided to only sentence DeGreve to 90 days in jail, but she also allowed him to get credit for the time he served from when he was originally arrested so he won’t even do a full 90 days. When DeGreve gets out, he will be on probation for 30 months. That’s it. Just 30 months probation. The only thing the judge did right was state he has to register as a sex offender.

Resource Officers in Schools

Resource officers in schools are supposed to be people who can be trusted to protect children. They’re not supposed to be the predators. They’re not supposed to be the ones perpetrating sexual abuse. Officer DeGreve was a resource officer at the middle school the teenager went to, which is where she met him. Then, somehow, he ended up at United Township High School when she moved on. One has to wonder if he asked to transfer to that school. And one has to wonder when their relationship really began. Regardless of what the actual circumstances were, this 48-year old man took advantage of a young, impressionable teenager.

Degreve is a police officer and as such, he should know better and should be held to a higher standard. Yet it seems that going before the judge, saying you’re sorry, saying you accept responsibility for your actions (which he didn’t until he got a plea bargain), having friends write letters saying you’re a good guy, and asking for leniency, is enough to have your sentence dropped to just a slap on the wrist.

Our justice system is broken.

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