Man who admitted fondling woman gets probation

Man who admitted fondling woman gets probation

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he fondled a woman in the bathroom of a Campustown business more than a year ago has been sentenced to probation, which will likely be transferred to Mexico.

Samuel Garcia-Quintana, 25, whose last known local address was in the 100 block of East Springfield Avenue, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd to aggravated criminal sexual abuse in connection with a Nov. 5, 2011, incident at Geovanti's, 401 E. Green St., C.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett said a then-19-year-old woman was in a long line to use the women's restroom when an employee approached and told her she could go in the men's room and that he would guard the door. She did and as she was on the toilet, Garcia-Quintana came in the stall and touched her genital area, Bennett said.

He was sentenced to two years of probation and 180 days in jail, with credit given for time already served.

Other charges of criminal sexual assault, unlawful restraint and aggravated battery were dismissed.

Bennett said that on Tuesday Garcia-Quintana was sentenced in a separate federal case to 4 1/2 months in prison for being in the U.S. illegally.

He's expected to be deported to Mexico later this month.

A second man, Eleazar Garcia-Quintana, 31, who also lived in the 100 block of East Springfield, Champaign, pleaded guilty in November 2011 to disorderly conduct for telling a different woman at that same restaurant that she could use the men's room and then walking in on her while she was on the toilet. He was sentenced to 18 months of court supervision and 40 hours of public service work for the misdemeanor offense.

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