WOODSTOCK – A convicted sex offender pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting an adult female relative.
Lewis S. Jackson, 70, entered a blind guilty plea before McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather, meaning there was no agreement between attorneys on a possible sentence.
Jackson's criminal sexual assault charge was amended to a lesser Class 1 felony. It initially was a Class X felony because of a 2004 Will County conviction for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. His attorney, Public Defender Rick Behof, explained that the Will County charge also was reduced by an appellate court.
In that case, the victim was a relative and 2 years old at the time, according to the Illinois Sex Offender Registry.
Assistant State's Attorney Dave Johnston said that in Jackson's latest case, the victim on Sept. 22, 2012, was sleeping in the living room at her Algonquin home, and was unable to knowingly consent to sex. She woke up to Jackson having sex with her while the woman's young child slept next to her, Johnston said.
Jackson is required to serve 85 percent of whatever sentence Prather hands down at a hearing set for Dec. 17.