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Murphysboro alderman sentenced to 9 years for sex abuse

Ronald W. Nolan (Source: Jackson County Jail) Ronald W. Nolan (Source: Jackson County Jail)
JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

A Murphysboro, Illinois alderman has been sentenced to nine years for aggravated criminal sexual abuse and aggravated battery.

Ronald W. Nolan, 47, entered guilty pleas in the Jackson County Circuit Court for aggravated criminal sexual abuse and aggravated battery. He was sentenced to serve a total of nine years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

According to Michael C. Carr, Jackson County State's Attorney, Nolan will serve two years of mandatory supervised release after his release from the DOC. He will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his natural life.

On Sept. 7, 2013, police responded to a gas station on West Main Street in Carbondale for what was relayed as a robbery.

When they arrived, police say they met with the victim who said a man held her against her will inside his vehicle and traveled through several different areas in Jackson and Union Counties.

The victim said the man, identified as Nolan, touched her inappropriately and in a sexual manner during the drive.

Police say they learned the victim tried numerous times to get out of the vehicle, such as pulling on the steering wheel, to try and crash the vehicle.

Also during the investigation, police found Nolan's vehicle and found that the locks on the vehicle had been damaged so that it was impossible to open the passenger door from the inside.

Police say they found the victim's cell phone in the Big Muddy River and were able to trace Nolan's movements back into Murphysboro after the assault via surveillance video from several businesses.

On Oct. 10, 2013, while in the Jackson County Jail, Nolan tried to escape out of his cell and struggled with corrections officers. During the struggle, one officer was hit and had short term, minor injuries. Another officer had a broken pinky finger.

Nolan was sentenced to five years in the IDOC for aggravated criminal sexual abuse and four years in the IDOC for aggravated battery.

The sentences were ordered to run consecutively, meaning Nolan will serve nine years in the IDOC, followed by a two year period of mandatory supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by the Carbondale Police Department.

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