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Jury convicts missing man of child sexual assault

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A missing Aurora Township man accused of sexually assaulting a relative was convicted Wednesday after a trial in which he was absent.

A Kane County jury convicted Enrique Ruiz, 85, of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, all felonies.

The trial proceeded without him.

Ruiz faces a prison sentence of 15 to 67 years. 

On multiple occasions between June 4, 2004, and Nov. 30, 2010, Ruiz committed an act of sexual penetration with the victim, a relative who was younger than age 13 at the time, prosecutors said.

Ruiz also placed his hand over the victim’s sex organ. 

The victim disclosed the assaults to a school counselor, who notified authorities. Ruiz was charged in June.

He was released after posting $2,500 bail to meet a $25,000 bond, but was reported missing by his family Nov. 24.

Ruiz told family members he was going for a walk in Oakhurst Forest Preserve, left home and never returned.

During the trial, Ruiz’s wife testified that Ruiz’s Mexican passport was missing and that the family owns a house in Mexico City.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest, prosecutors said, and anyone with information of Ruiz’s whereabouts should call 911.

Circuit Judge James Hallock set Ruiz’s next court appearance for Feb. 13. 

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