A Davenport man accused of conspiring with his son to steal money to pay a bond to get the man out of jail in a sex abuse case in Rock Island County has pleaded guilty in Scott County District Court.
Steven T. Malone, 46, will be sentenced May 24 on charges of first-degree theft, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and third-degree burglary, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
According to a written plea agreement filed in Scott County, prosecutors will dismiss an additional charge of conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony at sentencing.
Prosecutors also say in the plea agreement that if incarceration is recommended, they will ask that the sentences run at the same time, for a total of up to 10 years.
Malone also must pay $95,000 in restitution, according to the plea agreement.
On Jan. 13, Malone appeared in Rock Island County on two counts of aggravated sexual abuse, according to court records. Bond in that case was set at $200,000. He posted 10 percent, or $20,000, on Jan. 14 and was released from the Rock Island County Jail, according to court records.
Malone, while still in jail, conspired with his son and co-defendant, Brandon M. Stroyan, 25, to steal bail money from a barn in Davenport, according to an arrest affidavit filed by the Davenport Police Department.
According to the affidavit, Malone told Stroyan how to break into the barn, what time to do it and where the money was located. He wanted the money, according to the affidavit, so that he could bond out of jail on the sex abuse charges.
Approximately $80,000 to $100,000 was taken during the burglary, according to the affidavit.
Malone and Stroyan are on a recorded Rock Island County Jail phone call discussing the burglary and theft, according to the affidavit.
Malone remained in the Scott County Jail on Monday in lieu of bond. The Rock Island County charges are still pending.
Stroyan was charged with first-degree theft, conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony, and third-degree burglary.
A plea hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
A third person, Alexis Farnum, 21, was charged with conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony. According to court documents, Farnum conspired to hide the remaining money stolen from the barn.
A hearing in her case is scheduled for April 25, according to court records.