A man convicted of sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl while her parents were gone will spend five years in prison.
McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt on July 3 sentenced Ricardo Miron-Pedraza of Crystal Lake to prison after the 49-year-old accepted a plea agreement.
Miron-Pedraza pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim younger than 13, and additional charges, including predatory criminal sexual assault, were dismissed.
Crystal Lake police arrested Miron-Pedraza on Feb. 26, 2016, after receiving a report that the man had sexually assaulted and abused a young girl he knew.
Shortly after 11:10 p.m. on Feb. 5, 2016, the victim’s father left the house to pick up his wife, who was nearby, according to a no-contact order filed in McHenry County court at the time.
The father didn’t wake his daughter, and believed family members who lived upstairs and were home could take care of her if she woke up, the petition stated.
When the parents returned, they found Miron-Pedraza, a relative, in their home.
He claimed to have gone downstairs to take care of the 8-year-old girl until the couple came home, according to the petition.
Weeks later, the mother received a phone call from her daughter’s school and was instructed to go to the McHenry County Child Advocacy Center.
Officers later told the woman they believed Miron-Pedraza had assaulted the young girl the night of Feb. 5.
By pleading guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse, Miron-Pedraza escaped possible conviction on a charge that could have sent him to prison for as many as 30 years.