Pedro Bautista, 36, of McHenry.

A McHenry man was sentenced to nine years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a downgraded charge of attempted sexual assault of a child under the age of 13.

Pedro Bautista, 36, of the 3700 block of West Waukegan Road in McHenry, was indicted on two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony.

A bill of indictment charging Bautista in September alleged that he sexually penetrated a 9-year-old girl with his fingers in August 2019.

Prosecutors let Bautista plead guilty to a reduced charge of attempted predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class 1 felony. His other charges were dismissed.

McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge sentenced Bautista on Wednesday to nine years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Bautista will have to register as a sex offender for his natural life after he is released from prison.

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He will also have to pay $1,839 in court fees and fines.

The case was investigated by Detective Brett Kinney of the McHenry Police Department and prosecuted by Susanne Groebner of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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