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Plainfield sex abuse case may conclude next week

William Snow, 55, Plainfield
William Snow, 55, Plainfield

Next Tuesday may spell the end of a 2015 court case where a Plainfield man has been twice convicted of sexually abusing a teenage girl.

The sentencing of William G. Snow, 55, was scheduled for Tuesday, following a second trial in which he was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and battery of a 16-year-old girl in 2014. The case has dragged on for almost 4 years.

Will County Judge Dan Kennedy granted Snow a second trial after finding his previous attorney, Paul Napolski, provided him ineffective representation during his first trial. Kennedy had found Snow guilty of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and battery after that trial.

John Schrock, attorney for the victim in a lawsuit against Snow, said he believed Napolski committed legal malpractice and it was a “deliberate scheme by Napolski to get a new trial” for Snow.

“I think it was completely karmic he was found guilty in the second trial,” Schrock said.

Napolski declined to comment.

Schrock said he based his view of the criminal case on the multiple delays in the first trial.

The trial began on May 31, 2016, and did not conclude until Aug. 11 of that year after Snow filed several motions to reschedule trial dates because of either a mandated work conference or scheduling conflicts, according to court records.

Snow retained Omer Jaleel as his attorney for the second trial.

Jaleel said there were no unusual delays in the second trial and attributed them to issues. When asked about Schrock’s claim that Napolski deliberately tried get Snow a second trial, Jaleel said it “defies common sense.”

“It’s a nonsensical statement that he’s making,” Jaleel said.

Schrock said the case has been difficult for the victim.

“She just wanted to have her day in court and he’s made it very difficult for that to happen,” Schrock said about Snow.

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