C’ville men get prison in two sex abuse cases
From Staff Reports August 23, 2012 11:26AM
Updated: September 25, 2012 10:45AM
Two Carpentersville men have been sentenced to prison in separate cases involving sexual assault or abuse of children, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office announced.
Tynell D. Dixon, 32, of Chicago was sentenced to life in prison Thursday by Circuit Judge Timothy Q. Sheldon.
Dixon was convicted on May 17 by a Kane County jury of eight counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, each a Class X felony, and three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, each a Class 2 felony.
According to Illinois law, a person convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault with two or more victims shall be sentenced to life in prison.
Between Dec. 1, 2004, and June 30, 2007, Dixon preyed upon and had sexual contact with two children he knew who were both under age 13, prosecutors said. Each child was assaulted and abused multiple times at their Carpentersville residence. The children disclosed the molestations in June 2007 to their father. Both children, who testified during the trial, now are 11 years old.
“To repeatedly sexually assault two children for more than two years is horrendous and unconscionable, and a life prison sentence in this case is appropriate. I am pleased that the Illinois Legislature provided for this type of sentence,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said.
“These victims must be commended for their courage in stepping forward to report this crime, and in believing in the justice system. Our office remains committed to defending our community’s most vulnerable citizens. We are here to listen and to act on their behalf.
“Thanks to the Kane County Child Advocacy Center, the Carpentersville Police Department, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and to Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Lori Schmidt and Debra Bree.”
In the other case, Johnny Haskins, 43, of the first block of Oxford Drive, was sentenced late Wednesday by Associate Judge Clint Hull to three years in prison for having sexual contact with a teenage girl he knew.
Haskins was convicted on June 27 by a Kane County jury of two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, each a Class 2 felony.
Between January and November 2009, Haskins had sexual contact with a girl he knew. The victim was younger than 17 at the time of the contact. The victim reported the contact to a school counselor, who alerted authorities, prosecutors said.
Haskins also must register for life as a sex offender in accordance with the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act.
The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Nydia Molina and Debra Bree, who are assigned to the Kane County Child Advocacy Center.