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Crime & Courts

West Chicago teen sentenced to 18 years for sexually assaulting relative

Juan Hernandez
Juan Hernandez

WEST CHICAGO – A West Chicago teenager was sentenced to 18 years in prison Monday for sexually assaulting a young relative at knifepoint, according to a news release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.

Juan Hernandez, 18, of the 400 block of Church Street, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault with a dangerous weapon, a class X felony, after forcing the girl into a bedroom in the house they shared with other relatives and assaulting her on Dec. 26, 2012, the release stated.

Following the assault, the victim told her aunt what happened, and her family contacted authorities, according to the release. An investigation by the DuPage County Children’s Center and West Chicago Police Department led to Hernandez’s arrest on Jan. 11, 2013.

Hernandez will be required to serve 85 percent of the sentence handed down by Judge Blanche Hill Fawell before being eligible for parole. In addition to his prison sentence, he must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, the release stated.

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