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Hampshire man sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting 3 children in Carpentersville

A Kane County judge has ordered a former Carpentersville man to spend the rest of his life in prison for repeatedly sexually assaulting the same three children.
Circuit Judge John A Barsanti on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, sentenced 49-year-old Robert E. Craigto 11 life imprisonment sentences in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
A Kane County judge has ordered a former Carpentersville man to spend the rest of his life in prison for repeatedly sexually assaulting the same three children. Circuit Judge John A Barsanti on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, sentenced 49-year-old Robert E. Craigto 11 life imprisonment sentences in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

HAMPSHIRE – A Hampshire man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for repeatedly sexually assaulting three children.

Kane County Circuit Judge John A. Barsanti sentenced Robert E. Craig, 49, of the 600 block of Hampshire Drive, Hampshire, and formerly of Carpentersville, to 11 life sentences in prison, according to a news release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Craig was convicted on Feb. 9 of 11 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and six counts of criminal sexual abuse. Barsanti also sentenced Craig to three years of prison for each of the six criminal sex abuse counts, all to be served at the same time.

Prosecutors said Craig sexually assault 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 a previous news 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 Robert and Richard Craig both had sexually assaulted the victim. The counselor reported the disclosure to the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services, according to the release.

“The public has no tolerance for those who harm the most vulnerable among us,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said in a statement. “By demanding mandatory life prison sentences for those who commit such hideous crimes, the General Assembly has given its assurance that evil people like Robert Craig can no longer prey on children.”

According to Illinois law, Craig must serve the full sentence and is not eligible for parole. He received credit for 842 days already served in Kane County Jail, according to the release.

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