WOODSTOCK – A former Huntley man was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for sexually abusing his daughter’s teenage friend.
Jimmy J. Dill, 40, previously pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse for touching the girl’s breasts, a Class 2 felony. He faced between three and seven years in prison, but also was eligible for probation.
When Dill is released from prison, he must register as a sex offender.
The victim had trouble reading her statement in court, her head down and a hand shielding her face from Dill.
She said she feels embarrassed and ashamed.
“I did not know he had this plan or that he would lay a hand on me,” she said. “I just wish I wasn’t so clueless.”
She talked about wanting to give up on life, but then remembers the words of someone who told her it all happened for a reason: for her to step up for the weak and speak out.
“I feel sick to my stomach to know that this kind of thing happens all the time,” she said.
Why she had to be the person to stand up, she said she doesn’t understand.
“Now it’s like I’ve been used and thrown out,” she said. “Where’s the girl I used to be? My only answer is: She’s gone.”
Although charges from two 2009 cases against Dill – one drug-related and the other for possession of child pornography – were dropped, prosecutors still introduced evidence from them at the sentencing.
Officer Theo Kallantzes testified in February 2009 he met with the mother of a 17-year-old girl. She reported Dill approached her daughter on several occasions and offered the girl Ritalin. The drug is used in the treatment of attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and, less commonly, narcolepsy.
A drug exchange later was set up between the girl and Dill as police watched, at which time Dill gave her pills, Kallantzes said.
Assistant State’s Attorney David Metnick said Dill got the girl hooked on Ritalin so she had to attend meetings for her dependency.
Authorities didn’t observe an exchange of money for the drug because that wasn’t what Dill wanted, Metnick said.
“His purpose was to get in good with her and then eventually have sexual conduct with that girl,” he said.
Detective Kevin Keane also testified about child pornography that was traced to Dill’s computer. Metnick said the porn had disgusting titles.
Defense attorney William Gibbs asked that Dill be sentenced to probation, pointing out that the drug and child porn charges against him were dropped.
“You don’t look at what was dismissed and say he probably did those, too,” Gibbs said.
Gibbs said Dill was molested as a child and needs treatment, which he won’t receive in prison.
“We need to solve the problem, and the problem is not going to be solved by putting him in prison and throwing away the key,” Gibbs said.
In handing down his sentence, Judge Joseph Condon said it could be argued that Dill used his daughter as bait for her adolescent friends.
“I find your use of your daughter for this purpose despicable,” Condon said.