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Crime & Courts

Chicago man who pleaded guilty to sex abuse gets probation

A Chicago man was sentenced to probation Friday in connection with sexual abuse accusations that surfaced in 2016.

Michael H. Irvine accepted an offer from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office on July 16 and pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

His sentencing was originally scheduled for October and then continued to November. Incomplete presentence paperwork on both dates delayed the sentencing until Friday.

Irvine, 31, agreed to a two-year probation term. During that time, he is barred from consuming drugs or alcohol and cannot have unmonitored access to a computer, his attorney, Dan Hofmann, said in court.

If he fails to comply with the conditions of his probation, Irvine could be ordered to spend 180 days in the McHenry County Jail.

The victim’s mother and father gave emotional impact statements at a sentencing hearing in October. The parents recounted the day that their 6-year-old daughter disclosed to a family member that Irvine had inappropriately touched her.

“I knew I couldn’t prevent it, but you still always want to be there for your children,” the girl’s father said.

The day the parents learned of the alleged abuse was supposed to be one of “family, friends and laughter,” the girl’s mother said. Plans for the day included celebrating at a child’s birthday party.

The girl’s father commended his daughter for reporting the abuse to an adult. After addressing Irvine in court Wednesday, the girl’s mother called Irvine a “pig” under her breath.

Irvine, of the 4600 block of West 64th Street, made his first court appearance in September 2016. He posted bond and was released shortly after his arrest.

Representatives from the Cary Police Department have said they were not the agency that arrested Irvine and were unsure which department picked up the Chicago man on their warrant.

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