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Roselle martial arts instructor pleads guilty to sexually assaulting minors

Published: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 2:27 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:43 a.m. CDT

A martial arts instructor has pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with three minors, including incidents that took place in DuPage County, according to a news release from the Kane County State's Attorney's Office.

Dean C. Fuerstenberg, 45, most recently of Minnesota, pleaded guilty Friday to three counts of criminal sexual assault, the release said, each a felony. One count was relative to acts that took place in DuPage County and the other two were relative to acts that took place in Kane County.

The court proceedings took place at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, according to the release, where Fuerstenberg has been held for the last two months. On Nov. 19, Fuerstenberg suffered serious and permanent injuries while in custody at the DuPage County jail.

Relative to the DuPage County charge, between May 2002 and May 2006, at a Roselle martial arts school, Fuerstenberg engaged in sexual acts with a minor younger than 18.

Relative to the Kane County charges, between June 2003 and November 2005, at a South Elgin martial arts school, Fuerstenberg engaged in sexual acts with two minors younger than 18.

“Mr. Fuerstenberg was more interested in taking advantage of his position to satisfy his perverted needs than he was in looking out for the best interests of the children that he was responsible for mentoring," Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said in the release. "His acts were disturbing, self-serving and unconscionable."

The sentence is 7 years for each Kane County count, to be served consecutively, and 10 years for the DuPage County count, to be served concurrent with the Kane County sentence.

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