Crime & Courts

Island Lake man sentenced to prison for 2012 child sexual assault

Robert J. Ballarini, 59, of the 600 block of Nantucket Way, Island Lake.
Robert J. Ballarini, 59, of the 600 block of Nantucket Way, Island Lake.

An Island Lake man was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison for sexually assaulting a child in 2012.

Robert J. Ballarini, 59, of the 600 block of Nantucket Way, pleaded guilty in February to a felony count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. In accordance with Illinois Truth in Sentencing guidelines, he must serve at least 85 percent of the prison sentence.

Officers arrested Ballarini in September 2018 as the result of an Island Lake police investigation. Two women disclosed the abuse to a family member, who then took the information to police in July, Police Chief Dan Palmer said at the time.

The assaults are believed to have taken place between May 20, 2012, and May 19, 2016, and April 23, 2012, and Aug. 4, 2018, according to a six-count criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court.

If the case had gone to trial and Ballarini were convicted of more than one count of predatory criminal sexual assault pertaining to two separate victims, he would have received a mandatory natural-life prison sentence, prosecutors have said.

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