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Hampshire man faces 11 life sentences for sexually assaulting 3 children in Carpentersville

Brothers convicted of abusing children between 1999 and 2010

Published: Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 11:23 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 11:28 p.m. CST
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Robert E. Craig, 48, of the 600 block of Hampshire Drive, Hampshire, and formerly of Carpentersville, was convicted on Thursday of 11 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and six counts of criminal sexual abuse, according to a news release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office.

HAMPSHIRE – A Hampshire man faces 11 life sentences for repeatedly sexually assaulting three children. 

Robert E. Craig, 48, of the 600 block of Hampshire Drive, Hampshire, and formerly of Carpentersville, was convicted Thursday of 11 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and six counts of criminal sexual abuse, according to a news release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. 

Prosecutors said Craig sexually assaulted the three victims, who are siblings and were all younger than 13 years old, between 1999 and 2010. The assaults took place in Carpentersville, according to the release. 

Craig’s brother, Richard E. Craig, 56, of Carpentersville sexually assaulted the same children during the same time period, according to the release, and was sentenced to 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty in 2006. 

In 2014, a victim told a school counselor that she had been assaulted by Robert Craig in addition to Richard Craig, and the counselor reported it to the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services, according to the release. 

“The horrific facts about the Craig brothers’ actions came to light because someone made a report to DCFS on behalf of these three victims,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said in a statement. “I cannot stress enough the importance of making a report when someone suspects such abuse.”

Robert Craig remains in the Kane County Jail, and his next court appearance is set for March 9 for motions and a sentencing date, according to the release. He faces 11 consecutive mandatory natural life sentences.

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