Charges against Maag amended, trial date set

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 31, 2008, 8:20am

Clyde Kuehn

Madison County Assistant State's Attorney Thomas Gibbons amended charges against Edwardsville attorney Thomas Maag related to his Nov. 2 arrest in Granite City for allegedly soliciting a prostitute.

In the amended charge, Maag, 32, of Highland, is accused of soliciting a sexual act, a class B misdemeanor.

The amended charge states, "Defendant contacted Detective Lori Perkins, a person who is not his spouse, and offered her $150 U.S. Currency to perform an act of sexual penetration as defined in 720 ILCS 5/12-12 (f), in violation of 720 ILCS 5/11-14.1 (a), and against the peace and dignity of the said People of the State of Illinois."

In addition to Maag, five other individuals were arrested by the Granite City Police Department during an undercover prostitution sting.

Maag is currently employed at Wendler Law Firm in Edwardsville. He formerly worked for the Lakin Law Firm in Wood River, but left the firm in early 2006.

His trial was scheduled for Jan. 17, but has been rescheduled to a Feb. 19 jury trial before Associate Judge Steve Stobbs in Edwardsville.

Maag has pleaded not guilty and hired former Illinois Appellate Judge Clyde Kuehn to represent him.

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