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Wolf Lake, IL man sentenced 75 years for sex crimes involving children

WOLF LAKE, IL (KFVS) -

A Wolf Lake, Illinois man was sentenced to prison Thursday after pleading guilty to the charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and criminal sexual assault.

The Murphysboro Police Department began a large scale investigation of Robert Allen Pleasant, age 37, after allegations arose of sexual abuse being committed on two children.

Throughout the investigation, the children disclosed acts of sexual abuse committed by Pleasant, which spanned a number of years.

Detectives, acting on information developing after Pleasant was arrested, recovered a safe which contained a cell phone, a camera and digital storage devices.

Upon searching those items of digital evidence, detectives found photographic evidence of the abuse.

On November 17, 2015, Pleasant, age 37, entered an open plea of guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault, punishable by up to 60 years in prison, and criminal sexual assault, punishable by up 15 years in prison.

Upon hearing testimony from the victims and considering the evidence, a judge sentenced Pleasant to the maximum punishment for each charge.

The defendant will serve 60 years and 15 years, to run consecutively, for a total of 75 years.

This sentence is subject to 85% Truth-in-Sentencing legislation, meaning the defendant must serve at least 85% of the sentence.

Upon release from prison, Pleasant will serve a period of mandatory supervised release of three years to his natural life.

Additionally, he will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

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