JOLIET – A Bolingbrook man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child in the early 2000s.
Fred Mack Jr., 65, was found guilty of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child on Aug. 23 after a jury trial. Mack assaulted a 12-year-old girl who was in the seventh grade sometime between 2003 and 2004.
The victim, who is now in her 20s, reported the assault in 2016 to Bolingbrook police. The statute of limitations for filing child sexual assault charges was extended by state lawmakers on multiple occasions over the past decades and is now at 20 years after the victim turns 18.
“This woman showed remarkable courage coming forward years after she was assaulted by this predator,” Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said in a new release. “Bolingbrook detectives Ken Simpson and Tom Gallas conducted a first-rate investigation that enabled my prosecutors, Jeff Brown and Kelly Tebo, to finally bring him to justice.”
According to testimony presented at trial and sentencing, Mack was a family friend and a pastor who sexually assaulted the child on many occasions between September 2002 and July of 2004.
The victim testified Mack molested her as many as 100 times when she was left alone with him, with some assaults occurring before the offense listed in the criminal charge.
Mack disputed the number of times this occurred, saying he only molested her fewer than 25 times.
Glasgow said this case should encourage other adult survivors to come forward to report sexual assaults that occurred while they were children.
“These are often difficult cases to prove,” Glasgow said. “But the General Assembly has given us latitude with the statute of limitations so that predators who counted on the vulnerability and silence of their underage victims can still be held accountable.”