According to reports, singer R. Kelly will appear in court at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26 when evidence will be presented and a trial date may be determined in his child pornography case.

For those with short memories, on June 5, Kelly was apprehended by the Polk County, Fla., Sheriff’s office after the Cook County (Chicago, IL) state attorney’s office handed down an indictment of the singer, charging him with 21 counts of child pornography.

Meanwhile, the Illinois Department of Children And Family Services (DCFS) has reopened an investigation into allegations that the parents of the 14-year-old girl allegedly videotaped having relations with singer R. Kelly, knew of the liaison and approved of it.

Martha Allen, a DCFS spokeswoman, told the Chicago Sun Times the case is getting top level attention.

“It’s a priority-one case, the most serious investigation we have.” Allen continued, “We got a call last December 17 to investigate allegations of sexual abuse of the girl, the one who’s allegedly in the video. In this case, we were investigating –and still are investigating–whether or not the parents allowed the girl to engage in sex with R. Kelly.”

Even though the girl was identified by her aunt, R&B singer Sparkle, as the girl on the videotape, the girl and her parents have refused to cooperate with authorities and deny that she is even the girl on the tape. Now, it looks like it won’t matter.

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