URBANA — A Homer man has been sentenced to 48 months of probation in connection with the aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a developmentally delayed woman in his care.
On Friday, Judge Harry Clem sentenced Larry A. Wienke, 51, of Homer to probation. Wienke pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse, admitting that on Dec. 7, 2010, he had contact of a sexual nature with a Homer woman in his care who was 22 years old at the time.
Clem also sentenced Wienke to two days in the Champaign County jail, with credit for two days already served. Assistant States Attorney Duke Harris had asked for 108 days in the county jail, but defense attorney Bob McIntire said sending Wienke to jail would be "a burden to the staff at the Champaign County jail."
Clem said that any additional jail time would mean a financial hardship on Wienke's family and might jeopardize his employment.
Clem ordered Wienke to register as a sex offender, to pay court fees, to perform 150 hours of public service work, to maintain employment and to support his dependents.
"He will have the lifelong scarlet letter of having to comply with sex offender registration," Clem said.
Clem ordered Wienke to undergo counseling and treatment and to pay for counseling for his victim, to refrain from alcohol or illegal drugs, to agree to random testing for alcohol or illegal drugs and to not possess pornography.
In addition, Clem ordered Wienke to have no contact with the victim unless it was authorized by the court.
Other counts of criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse were dismissed in return for Wienke's guilty plea.
Prior to the sentencing, Wienke apologized to the court, to his family and to his friends.
"I take full responsibility for what occurred," Wienke said.