Mt. Vernon Register-News

April 2, 2013

Clinton man, 19, gets life sentence in sex assault


Associated Press

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BLOOMINGTON (AP) — A 19-year-old McLean County man has been sentenced to life in prison for the sexual assault of three young children.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports (http://tinyurl.com/c23l6jo ) that Brett Wilson of Clinton was sentenced on Friday, two months after a jury convicted him of predatory criminal sexual assault.

Illinois law requires a mandatory life sentence for that charge if it involves more than one victim.

The incidents were reported to authorities in January 2012, and Wilson denied the accusations.

His attorney argued at trial that adults close to the children had manipulated them into claiming they were assaulted by Wilson.

Assistant State's Attorney Adam Ghrist says it's "sad" that a 19-year-old received a life sentence but says Wilson's victims will be affected by the abuse for the rest of their lives.