A Jacksonville man was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to an aggravated criminal sexual abuse charge.
34-year old Kevin Williams entered his plea to the Class 2 felony in Morgan County Court this morning. Williams was arrested last November from an incident that allegedly took place in 2012 in Jacksonville with a 14-year-old victim.
Morgan County State’s Attorney Robert Bonjean highlights some of the details the prosecution would have presented if the case had gone to trial.
“There was an incident where she went to his house with a friend and they ended up going into a bedroom together. This is what led to the allegations that occurred here,” says Bonjean.
“Based on an interview he gave to the law enforcement, he admitted to what had occurred. There were varying versions as to how consensual it was, but obviously with the age of the individuals involved it can’t be consensual. That is how we look at it from a legal aspect.”
Bonjean says he was happy with the sentence, but in cases like this it is never a pleasant situation because of the victims involved.
“Victims have difficulty dealing with cases of this nature, but I am happy to get a conviction,” says Bonjean.
“He will have to register as a sex offender when he gets out of prison, so in the regard it is good to give some closure to the victim and the victim’s family.”
In addition to serving jail time, Williams must pay fines and serve a two year mandatory supervised release.
Correction: our original story indicated Williams was from Franklin. He’s actually from Jacksonville.