A judge on Friday called a convicted sex offender’s actions “reprehensible and extremely outrageous.”
Judge James Cowlin accused 58-year-old Algonquin resident Robert J. Libricz of using his position of trust and authority to sexually abuse a female relative for nearly a decade.
Libricz was sentenced to 18 years in prison Friday for a series of felony sexual abuse and sexual assault charges. His wife and daughter told him “I love you” as he was hauled back into police custody Friday afternoon.
At a sentencing hearing Tuesday, Libricz called the accusations false and said he maintains his innocence.
“I have never been any kind of a threat or danger to anybody,” he said.
Libricz is only required to serve half the prison term, because truth in sentencing guidelines that would have guaranteed more time in custody weren’t in effect when the crimes were committed, Cowlin said.
After a November bench trial, Cowlin found Libricz guilty of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, aggravated criminal sexual assault of a child, predatory criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual assault.
The trial only addressed charges that alleged abuse against one woman.
The remaining two counts involving a second alleged victim are scheduled for a May 8 trial.
At the sentencing hearing Tuesday, prosecutors asked Cowlin to sentence Libricz to 31 years in prison. McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorneys Victor Escarcida and Sharyl Eisenstein also asked that Libricz serve his time consecutively on some counts, but Cowlin did not grant the request.
Charges against Libricz surfaced in 2015 when two adult female relatives went to police with claims that Libricz sexually assaulted and abused them as children.
Libricz was accused of raping and sexually abusing one woman from 1987 to 1998, and a second victim from 1999 to 2006, court records show.
Both women testified at the November trial and could be called as witnesses again at Libricz’s upcoming May trial.
In addition to serving prison time, Libricz must register as a sex offender for life.
He’s also required to pay the woman as much as $3,000 in restitution for counseling services related to the abuse, Cowlin said.
Libricz remains at the McHenry County Jail as he awaits the upcoming trial.