Crime & Courts

Former Woodstock man receives prison sentence for 2015 sexual assault

Andres S. Gamez, 37, formerly of Woodstock
Andres S. Gamez, 37, formerly of Woodstock

A former Woodstock man will serve prison time in both Illinois and Wisconsin for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

On Wednesday, McHenry County Judge James Cowlin ordered Andres S. Gamez to serve nine years for charges that stemmed from 2015 and accused Gamez of inappropriately touching a young girl he used to live with.

The sentence was the result of a negotiation between McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Victor Escarcida and Gamez’s defense attorney, William Bligh.

Gamez agreed to plead guilty to the most serious offense, criminal sexual assault, and in exchange, additional charges, including aggravated criminal sexual abuse, were dismissed.

Gamez, 37, also must complete a seven-year prison term for a separate instance of sexual assault against the same victim.

A Walworth County, Wisconsin, jury found Gamez guilty of second-degree sexual assault of a child in June 2017, according to Wisconsin public records. He returned to the McHenry County Jail this past June to face the local charges, jail records show.

Once Gamez has completed his sentence in Wisconsin, he will serve about seven additional months in Illinois.

Gamez was arrested May 13, 2015, when officials at a Crystal Lake school notified police of the allegations.

The victim was 13 years old and reported that the alleged abuse occurred over a nine-month period, according to an order of protection at the time.

His wife, Christine Gamez, was arrested shortly after and charged with harassing the victim. The charge did not result in a conviction, and it no longer appears in McHenry County’s public records system.

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