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Crime & Courts

Spring Grove woman admits to harassing state witness

WOODSTOCK – A Spring Grove woman admitted Tuesday to threatening her daughter – an alleged victim in a pending sex case – to recant statements the girl made to authorities.

Amber D. Watson, 33, told her daughter that she wouldn’t see family members “or the outside world” again if she didn’t take back her allegations against Pablo Torres, Watson’s boyfriend, Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Zalud said.

Torres, 55, is accused of having sexual contact with the 12-year-old girl.

He was charged in August with multiple sex offenses, including those that carry a sentencing range between six and 30 years in prison.

His case is still pending before McHenry County Judge Gordon Graham.

Watson entered a blind guilty plea, meaning there was no agreement between attorneys on a possible sentence.

It was accepted by Judge Sharon Prather.

She will be sentenced March 11.

Harassing a witness is a probational, Class 2 felony punishable by between three to seven years in prison.

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