A Waukegan man has received the maximum possible sentence of 120 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child over 20 times.
Jeffrey Morrow, 41, of the 2000 block of Walnut Street in Waukegan, was charged in November 2015 with 20 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault for “repeated instances” of sexual assault of a boy who was 11 and 12 years old at the time, the Lake County News Sun reported.
On August 24, he was convicted by a jury and on Tuesday sentenced by Lake County Circuit Judge Patricia Fix to 120 years in prison.
He was only sentenced on 12 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault because 120 years is the maximum prison sentence he was eligible to receive, the News Sun reported.
Waukegan police said that the investigation started after a mother came into the Waukegan Police Department and reported that her child was having inappropriate conversations with Morrow on the internet.
The charges came after police found evidence of the crime during a search warrant at Morrow’s home.
Officials said that Morrow also still faces sex-related charges in Wisconsin as well. Assistant State’s Attorney Jason Grindel said Morrow was previously convicted on unrelated sex charges which happened in Zion in 1998.
Morrow has been held in the Lake County jail on a $1 million bond, which has since been revoked because of the conviction.