CAROL STREAM, Ill. - A man has to spend the next eight years of his life behind bars for sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl. He was sentenced Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault. The incident happened in February 2011 in Bloomingdale, the Daily Herald reports.
John Garcines, 27, was supposed to be watching over the child while her mother was out shopping. Instead, he molested her even after she begged him to stop.
The man and the girl's mother were friends, but this only shows people should not trust anyone. It is a very sad incident that will have a negative impact on the girl's life and future. More than likely, she will need professional help to overcome this.
In court, Garcines agreed to touching the girl inappropriately and acknowledged it being wrong. "The defendant stated he knew it was wrong," prosecutor Kirsten King told the judge.
Fortunate for him, his sentence was only eight years. According to the law, he could have faced up to 60 years if convicted in trial, but it was a decision by the prosecution and the defense.
For sexually assaulting her, he will be registered as a sex offender. This life decision will affect him for the rest of his life. Thankfully, justice will be made and the judge gave him a good sentence.
"When Judge John Kinsella gave his sentence he said, 'Obviously, the offense you committed here was reprehensible and despicable,' he told Garcines. 'Reprehensible, despicable and shameful."
Garcines will spend eight years of life in prison, but the child will spend the rest of her life trying to forget such an unpleasant scenario. When parents need to run errands they should assure the person staying with the child is well trusted or is someone close to the family.