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 Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.