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Aurora man sentenced to prison for child sexual assault

'He's going to prison where he belongs'

Enrique Arce was sentenced to 20 years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea to the offense of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony.
Enrique Arce was sentenced to 20 years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea to the offense of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony.

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – An Aurora man was sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting a young child he knew, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office announced in a news release.

Enrique Arce, 36, of the 1700 block of Hazelnut Lane, Aurora agreed to a sentence of 20 years' imprisonment in exchange for a guilty plea to the offense of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony.

Kane County Associate Judge Charles Petersen accepted the plea on Jan. 10.

Kane County Assistant State's Attorneys Sarah Seberger stated in court that between March 2018 and August 2018, Arce sexually assaulted the victim, a child he knew who was younger than 13 years old, the release stated.

In accordance with state law, Arce must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence. Arce will receive credit for 527 days served in the Kane County jail, where he has been held since his arrest in lieu of $1 million bail.

Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon stated in the release that Arce is a child predator “who took advantage of a young child for selfish purposes.”

“He's going to prison where he belongs and where he no longer will be a danger to children,” McMahon stated in the release. “My thanks to ASA Seberger and the Child Advocacy Center staff for their work on this case."

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