Crime & Courts

Algonquin man, convicted sex offender pleads guilty to sexually assaulting 2nd victim

Robert Libricz, 58, Algonquin
Robert Libricz, 58, Algonquin

A 58-year-old Algonquin man was sentenced to prison Thursday afternoon after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a woman when she was a child in 1999.

Robert Libricz sobbed in court as he accepted as plea deal from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office. Libricz, of the 4700 block of Iroquois Drive, pleaded guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and received a six-year prison sentence. He must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence in accordance with Illinois Truth in Sentencing guidelines.

The case was set to go to trial in May.

Libricz will be serving two prison sentences at the same time. Chief Judge of the 22nd Circuit James Cowlin sentenced Libricz in February to 18 years in prison for sexually assaulting another woman when she was a young girl. Both victims were female relatives of Libricz.

Libricz is only required to serve half of the 18-year prison term because Truth in Sentencing guidelines that would have guaranteed more time in custody weren’t in effect when the crimes were committed, Cowlin said.

McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Victor Escarcida read a statement on behalf of the victim. In her letter, she told Libricz that he made her feel “ashamed” and “worthless.” After court Thursday, the woman said she was relieved there won’t be another trial.

“I’m thankful that we get to move on and truly heal and have closure,” she said. “I’m sorry that this happened to our family, but I’m glad to let people know that you don’t need to stay quiet.”

Although Libricz said he would have liked to have had his day in court, he wanted “this just to be over with.” He hopes to live a productive life with his family outside of prison, he told the judge.

Charges against Libricz surfaced in 2015 when two adult female relatives went to police with claims that Libricz sexually assaulted and abused them as children. Libricz was accused of raping and sexually abusing one woman from 1987 to 1998 and a second victim from 1999 to 2006, court records show.

Both women testified at a November trial.

“We found the power you thought you had stolen from us long ago,” the second woman wrote in a victim statement. “We are not broken.”

Libricz must register as a sex offender for life.

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