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Man gets 15 years for molesting child
By Tony Gordon | Daily Herald Staff

Joseph Summers

 

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Published: 3/16/201 6:12 PM

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A Round Lake Beach man who admitted molesting a young boy from 1999 to 2002 was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday.

In an unusual move, Circuit Judge John Phillips also fined Joseph Summers, 44, $25,000, and ordered him to pay court costs.

Summers pleaded guilty to attempted predatory sexual assault of a child in September and was facing a maximum 15 years behind bars.

Police said he and his co-defendant, Molly Jensen, 36, began molesting the boy when he was 18 months old and Summers and Jensen were dating.

The attacks took place in Summers' residence in the 1500 block of Hickory Street, police said.

Assistant State's Attorney Steven Derue asked Phillips to impose the maximum sentence because Summers, even though he had pleaded guilty, had shown no remorse for what he did to the boy.

Defense attorney Albert Wysocki of Lake Villa asked for a probationary sentence, arguing that Summers had a troubled childhood and currently suffers from a degenerative joint disease.

"Probation would only deprecate the terrible seriousness of your crime," Phillips told Summers. "I am giving you 15 years because that is all that I can give you."

Those sentenced to prison terms are rarely fined in the state court system, but Phillips said he felt it was appropriate in the case of Summers, who had posted $153,000 for bond.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for today for Jensen, who is also facing a maximum of 15 years in prison.