Plea brings probation in aggravated criminal sexual abuse case
URBANA — A Champaign County judge signed off Thursday on a guilty plea agreement that a Monticello man entered into in September.
Craig Mank, 28, pleaded guilty to a single count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, admitting that between December 2011 and April, he molested a teenage girl at a home in Rantoul.
He was sentenced to two years of probation, a sentence that Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis OK'd on Thursday.
In return for Mank's plea, other counts of criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and sexual exploitation of a minor filed in July were dismissed.
In other cases recently resolved in Champaign County:
— Scott W. Thompson, 40, formerly of Monticello, admitted to Champaign County Judge Rich Klaus on Oct. 10 that he is sexually violent.
The Illinois attorney general's office had filed a petition in May, on the eve of Thompson's release from prison for a sex offense, seeking to have Thompson declared sexually violent so that he can continue to be treated for the mental disorder that makes him want to hurt children.
Thompson has been twice convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for molesting children in Piatt and Champaign counties; he's also been acquitted of molestation.
The admission by Thompson means that he will continue to be held in a secure facility run by the Illinois Department of Human Services, where he will receive treatment.
— Daniel Cobb, 27, who listed two different address in Rantoul, was sentenced to six years in prison for aggravated unlawful use of weapons by a felon.
Cobb pleaded guilty to having a .40-caliber pistol in July at a time when he was on parole for a residential burglary conviction he received in 2008.
Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said a Homer woman was missing several items from her home back in July and suspected Cobb, her daughter's boyfriend, of taking them.
Several of the woman's items, including the gun, turned up later at a Rantoul pawn shop. Police learned that Cobb came in with the gun to pawn it.
Because of two previous convictions for residential burglary, Cobb had to be sentenced to between six and 30 years in prison for the weapons violation.
— Chadton Winfrey, 22, who listed an address in the 1700 block of Hedge Road, Champaign, was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to aggravated unlawful use of weapons. He admitted that on Aug. 19 he had a gun in Spalding Park in Champaign at a time when he did not have a valid firearm owner's identification card.
Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Carlson said police on patrol saw two sport utility vehicles in the park at 1:10 a.m. that day and later heard a gunshot. Winfrey was one of several people who was caught running from the area after the shot was heard. Police found the gun near where he had been running, Carlson said.
Winfrey had prior convictions for possession of cannabis and driving under suspension, Carlson said.