Champaign man admits sexually assaulting girl under age 13

Champaign man admits sexually assaulting girl under age 13

URBANA — A Champaign man faces up to 23 years in prison when he's sentenced for sexually assaulting a child more than a year ago.

Brian Kocher, 23, whose last known address was on West Windsor Road, pleaded guilty Monday to predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, heading off a scheduled jury trial that was to have begun that day.

In return for his admission to one act, two other counts of predatory criminal sexual assault alleging different acts were dismissed. Judge Tom Difanis set sentencing for June 15.

Normally, the offense carries a potential penalty of between six and 60 years in prison.

The plea agreement was worked out by Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar and Kocher's attorney, Walter Ding of Champaign.

Lozar told the judge that the victim, who is under 13 and has learning disabilities that cause her to function at a younger age than what she is, was left in the care of Kocher and other adults at an Urbana home on March 11, 2017, after her parents went to work.

She told authorities he sexually assaulted her in her bedroom that day.

Lozar said Kocher was interviewed by police and admitted molesting the child but "characterized her as the sexual aggressor," Lozar said.

Urbana police investigated Kocher.

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