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Oakwood Hills man gets prison time for sex crimes

WOODSTOCK – Clutching a Bible under his arm, an Oakwood Hills man admitted to sexually assaulting a girl who was 4 years old at the time.

Mark J. Kochis, 46, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault. Prosecutors said the sexual assaults were recorded on video or photographed.

McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt sentenced Kochis to 7 1/2 years in prison on each charge to be served consecutively. He must serve 85 percent of his 15-year sentence, or 13 years.

Assistant State's Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein said that charges stem from when Kochis' former wife found the man in bedroom with a 4-year-old girl who was staying overnight at their home.

His ex-wife also found pictures, Eisenstein said, of the child in sexually compromising positions on Kochis' computer. Police later found at least 20 similar images. The dates of the photographs corresponded with nights that the victim stayed at the couple's house.

The Northwest Herald does not identify victims of sexual assault.

Kochis was arrested in October 2012, after admitting to Oakwood Hills police that he had taken nude photographs of the girl. He was charged with numerous crimes, including child pornography, that were dropped in the plea deal made with prosecutors.

Outside the courtroom, Kochis' defense attorney, Stephen Komie, said it was a "sad day for the Kochis family," but added he was pleased to have arranged what he called a fair sentence for his client. Kochis was facing up to 60 years on the two charges.

Upon his release from prison, Kochis will have to register for life as a sex offender and serve anywhere from three years to natural life of parole.

• This story has been updated. The defendant's state of undress and location where he was found have been changed from the original version.

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