Korem Johanson, 42, of Fox River Grove.

The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and 16-year prison sentence for a Fox River Grove who sexually assaulted a young child in McHenry County.

Korem Johanson, 42, of Fox River Grove, was charged in July 2019 with four counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child and possession of a firearm without a valid FOID card.

Court records show Johanson sexually assaulted a family member of his, who was under the age of 13, in July 2019.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Johanson on July 22, 2019.

A bench trial was held in late August 2021 and McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge found the man guilty of one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and one count of possession of a firearm without a valid FOID card.

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A sentencing hearing was held and Coppedge sentenced Johanson to 16 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Johanson was ordered to serve the sentence at 85% and register for life as a sex offender upon release from custody.

Johanson had sought to be sentenced on the lesser charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

He claimed that predatory criminal sexual assault of a child contained identical elements to the less severe offense of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, which he argued violated the proportionate penalties clause of the Illinois Constitution.

The trial court denied the request after finding the two offenses did not contain identical elements.

Johanson appealed his conviction and sentence to the Illinois Second District Appellate Court, which affirmed the lower court’s ruling.

Johanson then appealed the ruling to the Illinois Supreme Court, which released its ruling on the matter on Thursday.

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The state supreme court affirmed the appeals court’s ruling, keeping the conviction and sentence in place after rejecting Johanson’s argument.

McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally thanked the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and Assistant State’s Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein for “their diligent efforts in investigating and prosecuting this case.”

“The State’s Attorney’s Office is committed to seeking justice for children who have been victims of crimes,” the office said on Friday after the ruling.

Johanson is projected to be paroled from the IDOC in February 2033.