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Fifteen-year sentence for man in sex assault

Published: Friday, May 23, 2014 5:01 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 23, 2014 11:03 p.m. CDT
Regulo Castro

A man who has lived in Aurora and Geneva agreed to a 15-year prison sentence Friday after pleading guilty to charges that he sexually preyed on a youth he knew and photographed the acts, according to a news release issued by the Kane County State's Attorney's Office.

Regulo Castro, 36, with addresses listed in Aurora and Geneva, pleaded guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony; criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony; and child pornography, a Class 3 felony. He will serve his sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Kane County Circuit Judge James Hallock accepted the plea.

According to the release, Castro engaged in acts of sexual penetration with the victim, whom he knew, between September 2009 and February 2014. Castro also used his smart phone to photograph the acts, which took place at his Aurora residence. The victim was younger than 13 at the time of the acts. Authorities were alerted when Castro’s wife, who lives at the Geneva residence, saw the images from Castro’s phone.

“We prosecute many cases that are difficult to grasp," Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon said, according to the release. "This is one of them. It is very hard to understand how someone could do this to a child he is expected to care for. What’s worse is that despite his guilty plea, Mr. Castro remains unremorseful about his actions. I hope Mr. Castro’s young victim, whom he was entrusted to care for but instead chose to prey upon to satisfy his own perversions, can understand that she is not to blame for being victimized, and somehow begin to heal."

In addition to the sentence, Castro must register for life as a sexual offender in accordance with the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act.

According to Illinois law, Castro must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence. Castro receives credit for at least 463 days served in the Kane County jail, where he has been held since his arrest in lieu of $2 million bail. Bond was revoked upon conviction.

The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Lori Schmitt and Nick Gaeke.

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