Mostly Cloudy
72°FMostly CloudyFull Forecast

McCullom Lake man admits to impregnating 12-year-old girl

Published: Monday, May 19, 2014 1:20 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:53 p.m. CDT
Caption
Rafael Rodriguez-Sanchez of McCullom Lake pleaded guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault of child after impregnating a 12-year -old girl. Rafael Rodriguez-Sanchez entered a blind guilty plea and will be sentenced July 10. He faces between six to 30 years in prison.

WOODSTOCK – A 41-year-old McCullom Lake man faces between six and 30 years in prison after admitting that he impregnated a 12-year-old girl.

Rafael Rodriguez-Sanchez on Monday entered a blind guilty plea – meaning there was no agreement between attorneys on a possible sentence – to predatory sexual assault of a child.

He will be sentenced July 10. Any sentence the judge imposes would be followed by a parole term of anywhere from three years to life.

Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Zalud said the young girl became pregnant after having sexual contact with Rodriguez-Sanchez sometime between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012.

The girl eventually miscarried. The fetus was tested and DNA evidence would have shown, Zalud said, with 99.9 percent probability that the child was Rodriguez-Sanchez’s.

Rodriguez-Sanchez was not related to, but had lived with the girl in McCullom Lake when the sexual encounter occurred, attorneys said.

Outside the courtroom, Rodriguez-Sanchez’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Angelo Mourelatos, said the sex was not forced.

In exchange for his guilty plea, a remaining domestic battery charge was dropped.

His plea was accepted by McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather.

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Northwest Herald.

Reader Poll

How many days will you attend the McHenry County Fair?
Five
Four
Three
One or two
None