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McHenry man sent to jail for touching girl
By Charles Keeshan | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 9/24/2008 4:01 PM

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A McHenry man was sentenced to six months in the McHenry County jail Wednesday after admitting guilt to allegations he inappropriately touched a teenage girl.

Kenneth P. O'Connell, 41, also must pay a $1,500 fine, serve two years probation, donate $100 to the McHenry County Child Advocacy Center and perform 200 hours of public service under a plea deal struck with county prosecutors.

O'Connell pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal sexual abuse claiming he touched the 14-year-old victim's in August 2007.

As part of the deal, prosecutors dismissed a felony charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse stemming from the same incident.

O'Connell, who could be free in three months based on possible good-time credit, also was ordered not to have any contact with the victim and stay away from her residence.