Crime & Courts

Harvard man sent to prison for drug, sex offender violations

Noe Olivares-Cataneda
Noe Olivares-Cataneda

A Harvard man and alleged drug dealer who also was accused of choking a juvenile whom he was dating received a nine-year prison sentence Wednesday.

Noe Olivares-Castaneda, a 24-year-old man who faced a multitude of felony charges, accepted an offer from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office on Wednesday.

Olivares-Castaneda pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine, aggravated domestic battery and failure to register as a sex offender. Prosecutors in turn dismissed additional charges that carried harsher penalties, including several Class X drug delivery charges.

Olivares-Castaneda will receive day-for-day credit toward his prison sentence, his attorney, Frank Quatrino, said.

“Under the circumstances, it was an advantageous disposition for us,” Quatrino said.

Olivares-Castaneda had been accused of choking a minor whom he previously dated, according to a news release from the State’s Attorney’s Office. In a criminal complaint filed Nov. 19, police said Olivares-Castaneda grabbed a girl by her arm, punched her in the face and choked her several times.

During the investigation of the choking, police learned that Olivares-Castaneda was a registered sex offender and had nearly 4 ounces of methamphetamine in his possession, according to the release.

He also was accused of failing to register his address with Harvard police, which is required of him under sex offender registration laws.

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