Lombard sex offender gets jail time for molesting minor

  • James E. Presley

    James E. Presley

Published: 11/30/2009 5:03 PM

A former Lombard roller rink employee was sentenced Monday to 100 days in jail for inappropriately touching an underage girl he befriended at work.

James E. Presley, 27, also must register as a convicted sex offender upon his release.

Presley admitted having sexual contact with the girl about 2 a.m. Jan. 15, 2007 while they drove around Elmhurst.

The girl told Presley she was 16, but her actual age was 14. The legal age to consent in Illinois is 17. The two met while Presley worked at the Lombard Roller Rink, where the girl was a frequent patron.

"In his mind, he thought 16 was of legal age to consent," defense attorney Frank T. Scarpino said. "He thought it was OK."

Presley was diagnosed with bipolar and other depression issues, court records revealed. He voluntarily entered an inpatient program at Hinsdale Hospital, followed by outpatient treatment, after he was set free on a $75,000 bond.

Presley did not have a prior violent criminal record, but Prosecutor Michael Pawl argued the defendant deserves time behind bars for his "cavalier" attitude about what he did. In an audiotaped police interview, Presley blamed the girl and called her an offensive name.

"This defendant needs to be sent a message that he is 100 percent responsible, not the victim," Pawl said. "He's the adult. She's the minor."

Presley, who lives in the Darien/Westmont area, pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse during an April 7 court hearing. He tried to withdraw the guilty plea, but DuPage Circuit Judge George Bakalis denied the request.

Nearly a year after his arrest, Presley's wife filed for divorce. The ex-couple has two young children. Presley must turn himself in Tuesday at the DuPage County jail to begin serving his term.