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

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports 39-year-old Edward Eaton Jr. was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault in June. Prosecutors dropped a second count of the same charge in Eaton's plea agreement.

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

Defense attorney Ed Woller says Eaton has a history of mental illness as well as alcohol and drug abuse. He says his client's record doesn't include any prior sex crimes.

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