90-Year Sexual-Assault Sentence: ‘Victim’s Courage Must Be Acknowledged’
An Aurora man will live out his life in prison for sexually assaulting a young relative.
Jose Mendoza-Sosa, 46, of the 300 block of Spring Street, Aurora, was sentenced Friday by Associate Judge Clint Hull to 90 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Medoza-Sosa was convicted Sept. 12, 2014, by a Kane County jury of 20 counts of criminal sexual assault, each a Class 1 felony, and aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony.
During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that between June and August 2012, Mendoza-Sosa committed multiple acts of sexual penetration with the victim, a relative who was younger than 17 years old, at his Spring Street home in Aurora. The victim later saw Mendoza-Sosa committing the same acts in DuPage County with her younger sister and told her brother, who contacted authorities. The older victim disclosed the abuse in an attempt to protect her sister despite being threatened against doing so by Mendoza-Sosa.
In addition, prosecutors presented evidence that Mendoza-Sosa threatened the victim’s mother in an attempt to keep her from testifying in the case.
The sentence is five years for seven counts of criminal sexual assault, four years for 13 counts of criminal sexual assault and three years for the one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for a total of 90 years.
Mendoza-Sosa must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence on the criminal sexual assault charges. He is eligible for day-for-day credit on the aggravated criminal sexual abuse count. He receives credit for at least 790 days served in the Kane County jail.
In issuing the sentence, Judge Hull said Mendoza-Sosa’s crime would affect his family for many generations to come. Judge Hull noted several times that Mendoza-Sosa would most likely die in jail.
In addition, Mendoza-Sosa also must register for life as a sexual offender in accordance with the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act.
“Children who stand up to such predators have courage that most of us will never know. In particular, this victim’s courage must be acknowledged because she summoned it in an attempt to protect her sister,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said.
“Thanks to our staff at the Child Advocacy Center for their hard work in investigating this case, and thanks to Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Andrew Whitfield and Debra Bree, who prosecuted this case.”
SOURCE: Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office press release