On April 17, 2012, Douglas Benz
pleaded guilty to Count VI – Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, a
class 2 felony. Pursuant to the plea, Counts I-IV, Criminal Sexual
Assault, a class 1 felony, and Count V and VII, Aggravated Criminal
Sexual Abuse, a class 2 felony, are dismissed.
Pursuant to the terms of the fully
negotiated plea agreement, Douglas Benz is sentenced to six (6)
years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and will serve two
(2) years of Mandatory Supervised Release. In addition Douglas Benz
is fined $5,000.00 and will also pay a $200.00 Sexual Assault fee
and a $500.00 Sex Offender fine.
"Give the nature of the charges and
the victim's desire to avoid a trial, we believe this is an
appropriate resolution," stated Jonathan Wright, First Assistant
State's Attorney. Douglas Benz was taken into custody and begins
serving the sentence immediately.
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