A 41-year old Mercer County man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.
James S. Gladwin pleaded guilty to the Class X felony charge in February. He was sentenced by Judge Gregory Chickris on Monday.
Mr. Gladwin was accused of committing the crime of sexual penetration with a girl under the age of 13 on Aug. 1, 2005. Under a plea agreement, two other counts of predatory criminal sexual assault were dismissed.
At Monday's sentencing hearing, Mercer County Assistant State's Attorney Meeghan Lee presented a letter from the victim stating she was sexually assaulted up to 2005.
"While we always want extended prison in such cases, the 10 years will give our young victim time to move on without fear," Ms. Lee said. "She (victim) is a brave young woman who was prepared to go through a jury trial to make sure the defendant went to prison.
Because of the nature of the crime, Mr. Gladwin must serve 8 1/2 years actual time. He also received three years of mandatory supervised release.
Mr. Gladwin had a prior conviction for sexual abuse for which he received three years in prison.
Ms. Lee said Mr. Gladwin also is facing a charge of felony aggravated battery of a fellow inmate at the Mercer County Jail.
Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.