Oswego man pleads guilty to battery in child-sex case

WOODSTOCK – An Oswego man convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a drug overdose death pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated battery in a case in which he was accused of sex acts with a then-13-year old girl.

The man, Mark S. Seranella, 24, was sentenced to two years of conditional discharge. Other felony charges were dropped, including indecent solicitation of a child.

In January 2011, Seranella was sentenced to four years in prison for facilitating the drug deal that led to the overdose death of Ryan A. Maxwell, who was found dead at a friend’s apartment in January 2007.

Seranella gave Maxwell heroin in exchange for a guitar.

While Seranella was in the McHenry County Jail, Crystal Lake investigators determined he was engaging in explicit sexual conversations with a 13-year-old girl, police said. The conversations allegedly revealed that Seranella and the girl had engaged in sex acts before he was incarcerated.

On at least five occasions, Seranella solicited the girl to perform sex acts with him after his release, police said.

The Illinois Department of Corrections said Seranella was released on parole in the drug case on April 20.

Seranella originally was charged with drug-induced homicide in Maxwell’s death and was on parole for burglary and a weapons offense when he was arrested in May 2010. However, the charge was reduced to involuntary manslaughter because of issues with the statute of limitations, prosecutors said.