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Braidwood man convicted in sex abuse case still wants new lawyer

‘He doesn’t like me’

David E. Zauratsky, 45, Braidwood
David E. Zauratsky, 45, Braidwood

A Braidwood man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage boy still hasn’t been sentenced because he wants a new attorney,

David Zauratsky, 45, and his girlfriend Tabitha Ledwa, 44, both pleaded guilty in December to criminal sexual assault of a teenage boy. Will County Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak sentenced Ledwa to 15 years on May 9.

Zauratsky has yet to be sentenced. He had asked Bertani-Tomczak for a new attorney during a sentencing hearing on April 17, but as of Thursday, he still hadn’t found one, according to his current attorney, Michael Renzi.

Renzi said Zauratsky asked for a new attorney after claiming Renzi forced him to take a plea deal and didn’t visit him enough in jail.

“He doesn’t like me,” Renzi said.

Renzi previously said he showed the judge the number of times he visited Zauratsky and that he advised him of the consequences of his plea.

He also explained that he was able to persuade Zauratsky to plead to lesser charges.

After Ledwa’s sentencing, Dan Hubert, who said he used to date her, said he reported her and Zauratsky to the police after finding out about the sexual abuse. He said Zauratsky also physically abused Ledwa.

Ledwa will have to serve 85% of her sentence. She also will have to register as a sex offender for life.

Zauratsky is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 8 for a status hearing.

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