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Man sentenced for sexual abuse of Hanover Park girl

Published: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 1:27 p.m. CDT

HANOVER PARK – A man has been sentenced to 13 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for sexually abusing a young girl from Hanover Park, according to an Oct. 17 news release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.

Luis Pereira, 48, of Oak Forest, abused the girl, a former family member, on multiple occasions, the release said.

The abuse began in April 2002 and continued for four years at the girl's home in Hanover Park, according to the release. Pereira's actions came to light when the girl told her therapist about the abuse, the release said.

Pereira was arraigned on the charges in March of this year and has remained in custody on a $250,000 bond ever since, according to the release.

He appeared in court Oct. 17 and pled guilty to one count of predatory criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, both of which are felonies, the release said.

Pereira will be required to serve about nine and a half years before he will be eligible for parole, according to the release. He will then be required to serve a period of mandatory supervised release for three years to life and will be a registered sex offender for the remainder of his life, the release said.

The allegations against Pereira were investigated by the DuPage County Children's Advocacy Center, with assistance from the Hanover Park Police Department, according to the release.

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