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Wadsworth man gets 10-year prison term for sex assault

Jaime Salgado

Jaime Salgado

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Updated: January 30, 2013 1:15AM

A Wadsworth man is going to prison for 10 years for attempted predatory criminal sexual assault.

Jaime Salgado, 58, was before Lake County Circuit Judge James Booras on Friday for a pretrial hearing. He was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault for committing a sex act with a 12-year-old girl in Wadsworth on July 19, 2011, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Fred Day.

Salgado started sexually abusing the victim when she was in fifth grade and continued multiple times over a three-year period, authorities said

He was charged after a relative of the victim’s caught him in an act. He was known to the family and admitted the sexual abuse to the victim’s mother, officials said.

Salgado pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted predatory criminal sexual assault. He will serve 10 years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender for life.

Salgado could have received probation for attempted predatory criminal sexual assault. He also faced a range of four to 15 years in prison, Booras said.

Salgado also advised the judge he was a U.S. resident, not a U.S. citizen.

“Because of this plea of guilt, your stay in the U.S. may be affected. You may be subject to forceful removal by the Department of Homeland Security,” Booras told Salgado.

Salgado said he is from Mexico.

“I understand that, sir. I will take the consequences,” he said.

Salgado could have spent six to 30 years in prison if the predatory criminal sexual assault charge had not been reduced to the attempted predatory charge.

The plea deal also spared the victim from having to testify to her abuse at trial.

“The victim’s family is happy with the resolution and that he’s going to prison,” Day said.

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