Forty-two-year-old David Nunes of the 100 block of West Independence pleaded guilty in Morgan County Court this morning to criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Nunes was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the first offense. He must serve at least 85 percent of that sentence. Nunes must also serve a consecutive three year prison term for the second offense.
Morgan County state’s attorney Chris Reif says criminal sexual assault is a mandatory consecutive sentence to any other offense.
“As I always indicate these are difficult cases to place a number on because part of my belief is these individuals are very unlikely to be cured or fixed," says Reif. "This something that is likely to possibly happen in the future again. We certainly hope not, but by getting a conviction we label them and hopefully allow the public be aware of who they are and to take necessary precautions so they're not around children in the future."
Three other charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
“There were two victims," says Reif. "We did not dismiss three counts against three other victims out there. Anytime I file a case, because of speedy trial and other considerations, I have to assume that case is going to trial. I have to assume when it goes to trial I want every option left out there that a jury can get a conviction and adequately punish someone.
"That's why many times we file multiple counts even though there may be one incident to one victim," says Reif. "In this situation there were two victims. There were separate situation but we filed them multiple ways."
Court documents indicate the abuse happened to one victim from 2001 to 2008. The other victim was abused from 2008 to 2012.
Reif says the incidents happened in Jacksonville.
Nunes was represented by public defender Thomas Piper.