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Press Release-James Abron Jury Trial


Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

PRESS RELEASE

October 19th, 2017

State's Attorney Joe Bruscato

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that on October 18th, 2017, James Abron (D.O.B. 11/8/1962) was found guilty of one count of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child, three counts of Criminal Sexual Assault and eight counts of Child Pornography after a jury trial in front of the Honorable Judge Randy Wilt.

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In 2016, Rockford Police launched an investigation after a 14 year old child reported that she had been sexually abused by the defendant, James Abron. Investigators believe that the abuse began when the child was only 11 years old.  Detectives found photographs of the child on Abron’s phone during their investigation.

 

Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child is a Class X Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 6-60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years to natural life of Mandatory Supervised Release.  The defendant will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

            Criminal Sexual Assault is a Class 1 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 4-15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years to natural life of Mandatory Supervised Release. The defendant will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Two of the counts of Child Pornography are Class 1 Felonies that are punishable by a sentence of 4-15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years to natural life of Mandatory Supervised Release. The defendant will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The remaining six counts of Child Pornography are Class 3 Felonies that are punishable by a sentence of 2-5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by one year of Mandatory Supervised Release.

 

            Abron is scheduled to be sentenced at 10:30am on December 21st, 2017 by the Honorable Judge Wilt in Courtroom 467.



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