Illinois man sentenced to 18 years for assaulting girl

BELLEVILLE - An East St. Louis man will spend the next 18 years behind bars for the sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl.

Frederick Lyles, 30, must serve at least 15 years and three months of the 18-year sentence that was handed down Monday.  Prosecutors were asking for a 30-year sentence.

Last month, Lyles pleaded guilty to one count of predatory criminal sexual assault.  Prosecutors dropped a similar charge.  During his sentencing hearing, Lyles accepted responsibility for what he did and apologized.

Following his prison term, Lyles must register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

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