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LITH man guilty of molesting child, 11, who turned suicidal

Updated: November 6, 2012 6:23AM

WOODSTOCK — An 11-year-old girl’s suicidal feelings started an investigation that led to a Lake in the Hills man being convicted this week of sexually abusing her.

Robert Lucht, 56, was found guilty Wednesday of three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and one count of the offense of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The jury had deliberated for two hours.

McHenry County State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi said in a press release that the case had been investigated by the Lake in the Hills Police Department. The victim of the assaults was an 11-year-old girl who was admitted to a hospital for suicidal intentions and for harming herself. She then reported that she had been sexually assaulted by the defendant multiple times between the ages of 7 and 9.

When the defendant was confronted with the allegations by the police, testimony showed, he gave a written confession admitting he assaulted the child.

Lucht is to be sentenced Nov. 20. He faces a minimum sentence of 21 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

The case was prosecuted by Sharyl Eisenstein and Michael Combs, chief of the criminal division of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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