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Crime & Courts

Carpentersville man convicted of sex crime

ST. CHARLES – A Carpentersville man was found guilty Friday of fondling a young child.

Francisco Nava, 38, faces three to seven years in prison on aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges. He will be sentenced Jan. 10.

The Kane County State's Attorney's Office said in a news release that Nava on March 30, 2012, placed his hand inside the victim's clothing and touched her genitals. The girl was 4 years old, and Nava was acquainted with her. The Northwest Herald does not identify victims of sexual abuse.

According to the news release, the victim immediately told a relative, who dismissed the story. The girl later told her parents, who then contacted law enforcement authorities.

When confronted by police, Nava acknowledged the incident, but claimed the victim had placed his hand inside the victim’s clothing.

Nava waived his right to a jury trial. A bench trial before Kane County Judge John Barsanti was held over two days in October.

As a result of the conviction, Nava also is required to register for life as a sex offender.

Nava's bond was revoked upon conviction and he was immediately taken into custody at the Kane County Jail. He had been free on $10,000 bond.

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