After the West Chicago woman returned home from her daughters' school event, the two girls told her a secret they shared about her live-in boyfriend.
"I had no idea what I was about to hear," the mother wrote in a victim-impact statement. "Both my daughters then said that he had sexually molested them. I am so angry because this man has taken something so sacred. They are going to have to live with the pain and memories of his actions for the rest of their lives."
Francisco Moyotl was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to committing predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
The 42-year-old West Chicago man must serve 85 percent of the prison term before being eligible for parole. He also likely will face deportation because he is not a U.S. citizen.
Prosecutor Demetri Demopoulos said Moyotl inappropriately touched the girls, both 11 years old, from May 2007 through November 2008 in separate acts while he was alone with them. The lengthy prison term was, in part, because Moyotl was in a position of trust.
The sisters confided in their mother April 20. Moyotl was arrested a week later after he confessed.
The couple met in October 2006. Moyotl said he worked two jobs to support his ex-girlfriend and her extended family.
The defendant apologized and said he chose to plead guilty to spare the girls from having to testify. Though Moyotl admitted his actions were wrong, he did say the children at times flirted with him so that he'd buy them things they wanted.
"There was no hatred or animosity," said his attorney Ann Marie Lampariello-Perez. "He's not exactly happy with his sentence but he understands what he did was wrong. He's indicated he prays nightly so God takes care of the girls."
DuPage Circuit Judge Daniel Guerin presided over Thursday's plea deal. The judge recommended, at Moyotl's urging, that state prison officials place him in a facility that offers sex offender counseling to help him understand why he abused the girls. Moyotl has three adult children from an earlier marriage and lived in DuPage County for a decade while working as a retail store maintenance man and fast-food cook.