A judge sentenced a Wonder Lake man to 59 years in prison after a jury convicted him of sexually assaulting a child on at least 10 occasions over the span of more than two years in Algonquin and McCullom Lake.
Joshua R. Kreger, 35, of the 9000 block of Oriole Trail in Wonder Lake, was charged in August 2019 with 10 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under 13, a Class X felony, and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under 13, a Class 2 felony.
Court documents show Kreger was accused of engaging in acts of sexual penetration with a juvenile victim on 10 different occasions between December 2015 and March 2018.
A three-day jury trial concluded in October and the jury found Kreger guilty of nine counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Prosecutors said at trial that Kreger would give the girl money and buy her gifts after the abuse occurred, the Northwest Herald reported.
The girl told authorities that Kreger threatened her if she told anyone about what happened.
Kreger was remanded to the McHenry County Jail after the trial. On Friday, the man was sentenced by McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge.
Coppedge sentenced him to a combined 59 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, court records show.
Kreger will be required to serve at least 48 years and 4 months of his sentence, according to truth-in-sentencing guidelines.
The case was investigated by Amy Bucci of the Algonquin Police Department and Rich Svejcar of the McCullom Lake Police Department.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorneys Brian Miller, Jim Newman and Mary Ann Scholl of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.