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Sex offender accused of trespassing, showering at Naperville college

Michael D. Dichtl / phofrom Naperville police

Michael D. Dichtl / photo from Naperville police

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Updated: September 26, 2012 12:28PM

A man charged with sex crimes nearly 30 years ago while working as a west suburban youth coordinator has new legal woes, this time for allegedly trespassing at a Naperville college.

Michael D. Dichtl, 60, is free on bond and awaiting trial on a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass to a building, according to Naperville police and DuPage County Circuit Court records.

Dichtl in 1984 was working as Lisle Township’s youth coordinator when he was accused of sexual misconduct with two teenage girls. He would go on to be acquitted in one case and convicted in the other.

Naperville police Sgt. Gregg Bell told the Naperville Sun that Dichtl was arrested about 10:58 p.m. on Sept. 14 at North Central College’s Merner Field House at 450 S. Brainard St. Dichtl listed an address on Raymond Drive in Naperville, although Bell said he told police he was homeless.

A field house staff member called police after Dichtl allegedly entered the building to use its showers, Bell said. “Apparently, he had been going in there without their permission and showering there,” Bell said.

Dichtl in October 1984 was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of criminal sexual abuse, stemming from an alleged incident earlier that summer at Naperville’s Centennial Beach involving a 14-year-old girl. A judge in January 1985 declared him not guilty in that case.

But Dichtl in February 1987 was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to undergo counseling, after being convicted of two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a child. Those crimes occurred in May 1984, when Dichtl was 31 and his victim was 16.

The girl told police she and Dichtl would meet in a home on Ellsworth Street that was owned by one of Dichtl’s relatives. Dichtl’s attorney, prior to his sentencing, argued his client did not realize he was committing a crime by having physical contact with the girl.

Dichtl is scheduled to appear Oct. 23 in court to answer the trespassing charge.

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