Paris city council member arrested

Special to The Prairie Press
Posted 8/11/20

Steve S. Kemper Sr., 69, a Paris city council member was arrested today, Aug. 11, by the Illinois State Police, the Paris City Police and the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department following a …

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Paris city council member arrested

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Steve S. Kemper Sr., 69, a Paris city council member was arrested today, Aug. 11, by the Illinois State Police, the Paris City Police and the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department following a sexual abuse investigation by the three agencies. The state police led the investigation.

Kemper is charged with a two Class 1 felonies of criminal sexual assault and one Class 2 felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He is currently housed at the Edgar County Jail on a $150,000 bond.

Paris mayor Craig Smith confirmed that Kemper submitted a resignation from the city council earlier Tuesday.  

No additional information about the case or the charges was available from the state police.