A Kane County jury on Nov. 2, 2021, convicted Vasquez-Juan of the offenses of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony, 15 counts, and grooming, a Class 4 felony.
Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Matthew Rodgers and Stacy Wittman presented evidence that between April 2019 and September 2019 Vasquez-Juan sexually abused the victim, who was younger than 17 years old. In addition, Vazquez-Juan coerced the victim to take sexually explicit photographs of herself and give them to him.
The sentence is three years for each count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse to be served consecutive to one another, and three years for the grooming count, to be served concurrent to the sexual abuse sentences for a total of 45 years.
Prosecutors argued, and Judge Tracy agreed, that based on the severity of the abuse and the defendant’s unwillingness to face justice, Vasquez-Juan should serve the 15 sexual abuse sentences consecutively and not concurrently.
Vasquez-Juan’s location is unknown. On Nov. 17, 2020, he posted $7,500 bond and was released from custody. He last appeared in court on March 3, 2021. When Vasquez-Juan failed to appear in court Oct. 29, 2021, for his final pre-trial hearing, Judge Tracy issued a warrant for his arrest.
The trial and sentencing hearing took place despite his absence. Anyone with information about Vasquez-Juan should call 911 or the Kane County Child Advocacy Center at 630-208-5160.
In addition to the prison term, Vasquez-Juan must register for life as a sexual offender in accordance with the Illinois Sexual Offender Registration Act.
In accordance with Illinois law, Vasquez-Juan is eligible for day-for-day sentencing. He receives credit for 415 days served in the Kane County jail.
Kane County State’s Attorney Jamie Mosser said:
“My thanks to ASAs Rodgers and Wittman of the Kane County Child Advocacy Center for their diligent work in prosecuting this case, to CAC victim advocate Andrea Nava for her support to the victim and family, and to CAC investigator Tim Bosshart and the Carpentersville Police Department for their thorough investigation.”
SOURCE: Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office news release
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