A Rockford man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail — served periodically — after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a child in Woodstock.
Jeremiah T. Phipps, 48, of the 2600 block Bibury Drive in Rockford, was indicted in January 2020 on three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a juvenile, indecent solicitation and sexual exploitation of a child.
A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court alleged Phipps fondled the sex organ of a child under 13 years old.
The complaint also said that Phipps engaged in an act of masturbation and watched pornography in the same room as the child, who is a family member of his.
Officers with the Woodstock Police Department arrested Phipps on January 30, 2020.
Phipps, who has been free on a $50,000 bond since his arrest, entered into a plea deal with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office on October 12.
Phipps pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony, in exchange for his other charges being dismissed.
McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt approved the deal and sentenced Phipps to 30 months of probation and 90 days in the McHenry County Jail.
Wilbrandt is allowing Phipps to serve the 90-day sentence periodically. He must also pay $3,626 in court fines and fees.
Phipps will be required to register as a sex offender and undergo sex offender-specific counseling, according to a court order.