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Crime & Courts

Additional charges dropped against convicted Carol Stream child molester

CAROL STREAM – A Carol Stream man convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting the daughter of his girlfriend will no longer face charges that he also abused the daughter's friend, but that testimony will still be considered in his sentencing, a spokesman for the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office said.

Joel Augustine, 35, of Thornhill Drive, was found guilty by a jury April 22 of sexually abusing the 12-year-old daughter from September 2009 through October 2012, Suburban Life Media previously reported. He also was found guilty of taking numerous photographs of the girl in different stages of undress, including one pornographic photo of the girl.

His sentencing was delayed pending the outcome of similar allegations involving the girl's friend, but the State's Attorney's Office dropped the charges for reasons that included not wanting to put the alleged victim through another trial, after she had already testified in court, spokesman Paul Darrah said.

"She had testified in the first trial, and that was very difficult for her," he said. "We did not want to put her through that."

However, because her testimony had been entered as evidence in the first case, the judge will be able to consider it when sentencing Augustine for sexually assaulting his girlfriend's daughter, Darrah said.

In all, Augustine was found guilty of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony; three counts of criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony; and one count of child pornography, a Class 1 felony. The conviction came after about 1.5 hours of deliberations.

He faces as many as 120 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, Darrah said.

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