URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted that he sexually molested a girl in his care has been sentenced to three years in prison.
Champaign County Judge Thomas Difanis explained Wednesday to Jeronimo Bolanos-Rayon, 42, that he would likely be deported to Mexico after he serves his sentence for a felony conviction for aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Bolanos-Rayon, who listed an address in the 0-100 block of Rain Tree Drive, was set to be tried this month on 12 different counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and criminal sexual assault stemming from acts that allegedly occurred over a period of years beginning in 2007 with one girl in his care.
Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said that on Friday, the victim recanted portions of her earlier statements to police — statements that were used to get Bolanos-Rayon to confess to certain sexual activity with the girl.
"What I am faced with now is she is withdrawing the vast majority of her accusations," said Lozar, who agreed to dismiss all the Class X felony charges in return for Bolanos-Rayon's guilty plea to the lesser charge. Had he been convicted of those charges, he would have faced a lengthy mandatory prison term.
The charge to which he pleaded guilty alleges sexual activity between June 5, 2007, and May 31, 2008.
Lozar said the case came to the attention of authorities last summer when the girl's mother became concerned about how much her daughter knew about certain sex acts, given her age. When she confronted her about it, the child told her mother about activity that had been going on with Bolanos-Rayon for several years.
The mother called Champaign police and Bolanos-Rayon was charged in early August.
In addition to his prison sentence, he will have to register as a sex offender.
Lozar said Bolanos-Rayon had no known prior criminal record.