Champaign man accused of sex assault gets probation for harassing witness

Champaign man accused of sex assault gets probation for harassing witness

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he contacted a witness in a criminal case against him has been sentenced to four years of probation.

In return for Jacques Tshidibi's guilty plea to harassment of a witness, Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Perry dismissed two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse alleging that Tshidibi inappropriately touched a then-11-year-old girl who was in his care between September 2014 and April 2015.

Judge Heidi Ladd accepted the plea from Tshidibi, 45, who listed an address in the 2400 block of Highview Court, on Monday.

The charge to which he pleaded guilty alleged that he contacted the girl's mother in August to try to influence her. Perry said the contact actually happened on more than one occasion by phone, in person, and through a third party. Perry filed the harassment charge last week.

The sex-abuse charges against him were filed in January 2017.

Perry also dismissed two misdemeanor charges of endangering the health of a child filed against him in June and October of last year.

Tshidibi was set to be tried beginning Monday but Perry said she worked out the agreement with Tshidibi's attorney, Brian King of Champaign, that included the conditions that he receive a sex-offender evaluation and pay a $2,000 fine.

The charge of harassment of a witness is the same class felony as the abuse charges.

A translator fluent in Lingala — a language spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Congo — was used to help Tshidibi communicate with the judge.

Perry said Tshidibi had no prior criminal convictions.

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welive wrote on February 13, 2018 at 8:02 pm

thank you judge for letting this man go free.Thank you thank you.Touching a 11 year old.

not on my watch.

 

jparks wrote on February 13, 2018 at 10:02 pm

Heidi, let me ask you this.  If I plead guilty to illegally parking my getaway car outside the bank I was caught robbing, can I get probation too?

jparks wrote on February 13, 2018 at 9:02 pm

I am not speechless very often but I am speechless.

annabellissimo wrote on February 14, 2018 at 3:02 am

Does anybody get punished for anything in Champaign County? If not for molesting an 11 year old and trying to influence a witness, then what? Unbelievable. The cases that get reported here and the court decisions on them are astounding. Could we see a list of which crimes actually get punished? We now know that it's not videotaping people in public bathrooms without their permission and we see here that it's not molesting a child and trying to influence a witness. A list would be helpful since the judicial system in Champaign County seems to be quite different from the law everywhere else and nobody wants to be ignorant because ignorance of the law is no excuse, so the adage goes.

burl55 wrote on February 14, 2018 at 7:02 am

So how can you just dismiss criminal sexual abuse against an 11 year old girl, and sleep at night?

Sarah Perry dismissed two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse alleging that Tshidibi inappropriately touched a then-11-year-old girl who was in his care between September 2014 and April 2015.

 

What are the Judges and Prosecutors of Champaign County thinking? Do they not have children of their own?  It’s well known that if you (wink-wink) hire one of the States Attorneys preferred lawyers (wink-wink) they will appoint (wink-wink) the RIGHT Judge to issue you a favorable sentence. Apparently this guy scraped up enough (wink-wink) somewhere.

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