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Harvard man sentenced to 6.5 years in prison for sexual assault

Chad J. Gresham, 42, of Harvard.

A 42-year-old Harvard man was sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison on a criminal sexual assault charge after he took a plea deal, prosecutors said.

Chad J. Gresham, 42, of Harvard, was found guilty of criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony, according to McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally.

Gresham was originally charged with an additional count of criminal sexual assault and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a family member under 18, which were dropped as part of the negotiated plea deal with McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt.

Additional charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a family member and two counts of criminal sexual assault were dismissed, court records show.

Gresham will be sentenced to 78 months in the Illinois Department of Corrections, which is 6 ½ years. He will have to register as a lifetime sex offender upon release from prison and is not entitled to day for day credit.

Prosecutors also said that Gresham must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for release.

The case was investigated by members of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Sharyl Eisenstein of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.


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