The trial date for a former Albany firefighter accused of trying to photograph a young girl in a sexual manner has been pushed back to April.
Shawn A. Maze, 36, was originally set to go on trial this month, but his attorney requested during a pre-trial conference last week that the case be continued. State prosecutors did not object to the motion.
Maze was accused of aggravated child pornography in December after police say he tried to take pictures of a girl younger than 13. A criminal complaint filed Dec. 10 alleges Maze solicited the girl to be photographed in “a lewd sexual exhibition” of her “unclothed or transparently clothed” breasts.
Maze has pleaded not guilty. His new trial date is set for April 12. His next court date, a pre-trial conference, is set for March 23.
Since Maze was charged late last year, he has been placed on suspension from his post as a captain of the volunteer fire department in Albany. Maze was also a correctional officer at the East Moline Correctional Center, but he is no longer in his position.
The Albany resident is being held on $250,000 bond in the Whiteside County Jail.