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Cary man gets probation for stealing from disabled roommate
By Charles Keeshan | Daily Herald Staff

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Published: 8/12/2010 12:43 PM

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A Cary man was sentenced to two years probation and fined $1,000 Thursday after pleading guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from a disabled woman with whom he was living.

Peter T. Jachim, 42, of the 400 block of First Street, admitted guilt to financial exploitation of a disabled person and an unrelated felony theft charge as part of a plea deal struck with McHenry County prosecutors allowing him to avoid a possible prison sentence.

The plea agreement does include a 180-day sentence in the McHenry County jail, but he has served that time while awaiting trial.

Jachim initially was charged with financial exploitation of an elderly person and financial exploitation of a disabled person in May 2009 after, authorities said, a Cary police investigation revealed he stole about $5,000 from two mentally disabled women with whom he shared an apartment.

According to police, Jachim began living with one of the victims, a 46-year-old Cary woman, in April 2008. Jachim, police said, would sometimes accompany the woman to her workplace, a restaurant in Island Lake, where he met the second victim, a 66-year-old woman who for the previous 31 years had been a resident of an assisted living facility.

Assistant McHenry County State's Attorney Patrick Kenneally said Thursday that both victims have since been paid back.

The theft charge stemmed from accusations that in February Jachim stole numerous items of sports memorabilia, including bronze statues and an autographed and framed photo of a hockey player, from a Crystal Lake area residence. He was ordered to pay $3,600 restitution to the victim in that case as part of his plea agreement.