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McHenry man accepts plea for sexually abusing children

Published: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 2:38 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 11:06 p.m. CST
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Joseph D. Losch

WOODSTOCK – A 31-year-old McHenry man pleaded guilty Friday in exchange for 50 years in prison on charges of criminal sexual assault and predatory criminal sexual abuse of two family members.

Joseph D. Losch will serve 35 years for the McHenry County charges and 15 years on Lake County charges, according to the terms of the plea. Losch will have to go to Lake County on Jan. 22 to accept the plea there, said Losch’s defense attorney Kevin Talbot.

The sentences would be served consecutively. A pending case in Wisconsin was dismissed based on the plea agreement accepted by McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather.

“He never wanted a trial,” Talbot said. “He didn’t want the family in this case to go through a prolonged trial.”

Losch was charged with four counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony, and three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He was facing a natural life sentence if convicted at trial.

The criminal sexual assault charge carried 15 years while the predatory criminal sexual abuse charge carried 20 years.

Assistant State’s Attorney Kate Lenhard said the plea agreement represented a good resolution that saved the family members from testifying during trial.

“It’s still a good resolution because he will be in his 70s when he gets out of prison,” Lenhard said.

Losch was charged in 2012. According to the criminal complaint, the abuse occurred from May 24 through August 6.

A status hearing will be Jan. 27 where victim impact statements could be submitted.

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