Illinois man receives 24-year sentence for sexual assault

TOULON - A Kewanee man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.

Edward Eaton, Jr., 39, was sentenced by a Stark County judge on Tuesday.  Eaton pleaded guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault in June, and prosecutors dropped a second count of the same charge in his plea agreement.

According to defense attorney Ed Woller, Eaton has a history of mental illness and alcohol and drug abuse.  Woller also says his client's criminal record doesn't include any prior sex crimes.

The judge says the victim is someone who knew and trusted Eaton.

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