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Crime & Courts

Former Carpentersville man gets life in prison for sex assault

James E. Melvin, 40, of the 1200 block of South Court Street, Rockford.
James E. Melvin, 40, of the 1200 block of South Court Street, Rockford.

A Rockford man formerly of Carpentersville will serve life in prison for sexually assaulting a child he knew.

On Wednesday, Kane County Circuit Judge James C. Hallock sentenced 40-year-old James E. Melvin to spend life in prison for a felony predatory criminal sexual assault charge and several counts of aggravated predatory criminal sexual abuse, according to a news release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

He also is required to register for life as a sex offender.

On Feb. 27, 2009, Melvin sexually assaulted a child younger than 13, whom he knew, according to the release. The child told her mother, who contacted the authorities.

Melvin pleaded guilty in the case in 2009, but in 2015, the Illinois Appellate Court Second District ruled that the plea was improper, and returned the case to the trial court.

Melvin’s life sentence is mandatory because he has multiple convictions for predatory criminal sexual assault.

He was convicted of the same offense in 1998 in Cook County.

“The quick actions of this victim and her mother prevented Mr. Melvin from further preying on vulnerable children. Mr. Melvin is a dangerous predator who belongs in prison where he no longer can harm the community,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said in a statement. “My thanks to our staff at the Child Advocacy Center and to the Carpentersville police and fire departments for their assistance.”

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