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Crime & Courts

'We need to protect others from this defendant,' prosectors say of convicted sex offender

William Dugar Jr.
William Dugar Jr.

A 29-year-old Elgin man with a prior sexual assault conviction was sentenced to prison Friday for sexually assaulting a young girl with intellectual disabilities in 2009.

A McHenry County judge sentenced William Dugar Jr. to 13½ years in prison on charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor and predatory criminal sexual assault.

Dugar was found guilty in May of having inappropriate contact with a then-8-year-old intellectually disabled girl whom he knew.

Police learned of the allegations when the girl’s father came across a news article about separate sexual assault charges filed against Dugar in 2010 in Kane County, prosecutors said.

The news report prompted the man to ask his daughter whether Dugar had ever had been inappropriate with her.

“How did you know?” was her response, prosecutors said at trial.

At a sentencing hearing Friday afternoon, Dugar’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Eric Vogel, asked for the minimum possible sentence on both charges and said Dugar wasn’t likely to reoffend.

“He has a close-knit family that continues to support him to this day,” Vogel said.

Assistant McHenry County State’s Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein, however, told the judge that Dugar had “earned himself a significant sentence.”

“We need to send a strong message that these offenses are not OK...We need to protect the community from this defendant,” Eisenstein said.

McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt sentenced Dugar to 8½ years in prison on a Class X felony charge of predatory criminal sexual assault, and 5 years for a separate count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Dugar must complete one sentence before he can begin receiving credit for the other. He also must complete at least 85% of the 8½ year prison term.

“...This was a crime that abused a position of trust...” Wilbrandt said.

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