Eldorado Man Sentenced to 17 Years

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HARRISBURG -- A Saline County man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for sexually abusing children.

James G. Roberts, 71, of Eldorado pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Roberts was arrested in March 2013 after an investigation by Illinois State Police. Authorities said the crimes occurred over a nine month period beginning in June 2012.

In exchange for his plea, five other counts against Roberts were dismissed.

In addition to his 17-year prison term, Roberts must also register as a sex offender.

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