Man sentenced to probation for aggravated criminal sexual abuse

Man sentenced to probation for aggravated criminal sexual abuse

MONTICELLO — A Bement man who admitted inappropriately touching a teen-age girl last summer has been sentenced to four years of probation.

On March 3, Piatt County Judge Rick Broch will have to confirm the plea agreement that Joseph VanVleet, 63, entered into in December, once he's reviewed a sex offender evaluation of VanVleet.

VanVleet pleaded guilty to a single count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, admitting that some time during June he touched the girl for his own sexual gratification. The incident occurred in his home, according to Piatt County State's Attorney Dana Rhoades.

In addition to the probation — the maximum amount of probation he could have received for the felony — he was also sentenced to 180 days in jail. He's already served the jail sentence, having been in custody from the time of his arrest in August to when he pleaded guilty.

VanVleet was charged in August after the girl reported the abuse to a counselor, who then reported it to the Department of Children and Family Services.

VanVleet will have to register as a sex offender for life, Rhoades said.

He had no prior criminal convictions.

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