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McHenry man admits sex act with 11-year-old girl

Published: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 3:48 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 12:12 a.m. CDT
30-year-old Craig Tankson was sentenced to five years in prison as part of a plea agreement after facing multiple Class X predatory sexual assaut charges. The victim was an 11-year-old girl who was not a blood relative but otherwise known to Tankson.

WOODSTOCK – A McHenry man was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for sexually abusing a young girl.

Craig L. Tankson, 30, pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse in a plea deal that was accepted by McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather.

According to McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Kate Lenhard, sometime between August and October 2010, Tankson placed a young girl’s hand on his penis.

The victim was 11 years old at the time. She was not a blood relative of Tankson’s, but was otherwise known to him, prosecutors said.

As part of the deal, remaining allegations – including a more serious charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child charge – were dismissed.

Tankson will receive credit for time served in McHenry County Jail since his arrest April 5, 2013. He also will be required to register for life as a sex offender.

– Chelsea McDougall

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