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Hebron man to serve 6 years on sexual assault conviction

Placido E. Hernandez-Estrada, 31, of the 12000 block of McKinley Avenue, Hebron
Placido E. Hernandez-Estrada, 31, of the 12000 block of McKinley Avenue, Hebron

HEBRON – A Hebron man was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to charges of sexually assaulting a young girl.

Placido E. Hernandez-Estrada, 31, of the 12000 block of McKinley Avenue, accepted a plea deal that landed him six years in prison on a predatory criminal sexual assault conviction.

After serving his sentence, Hernandez-Estrada will be taken into federal custody to handle an outstanding immigration warrant, McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather said Thursday.

The charge Hernandez-Estrada pleaded guilty to Wednesday was filed Oct. 1, 2015. He was taken into custody Sept. 26, 2017, and brought to the McHenry County Jail.

Additional details about the gap between when Hernandez-Estrada’s charges were filed and his incarceration were not available. Court documents related to the case have been impounded because the accusations involve a minor.

The victim of the sexual assault was younger than 13 at the time, according to details available through the county’s public access database.

Hernandez-Estrada’s attorney, George Kililis, could not be reached for comment.

McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Rita Gara read aloud in court two statements submitted by the victim and her mother.

“When I see his family or friends out in public, they stare at me and say mean things about me,” the victim wrote.

She also expressed feeling “betrayed, scared and alone.”

The victim’s mother said the abuse caused pain for the whole family.

“My life has been turned upside down from what he did,” the mother wrote. “This isn’t something you can get over and move on [from].”

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