A Glendale Heights man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday for molesting a Round Lake Park girl.
Lake County Associate Judge Daniel Shanes also told Brian Schmidt, 28, he will also spend the rest of his life on parole and as a registered sex offender.
Assistant State's Attorney Bolling Haxall said Schmidt, of the 100 block of Cedar Street, was an acquaintance of the girl's mother in 2004. He molested the girl, who was then 8 years old, on several occasions during September of that year, Haxall said.
The girl told her mother about the attacks in September 2008, Haxall said, and said she had remained silent for four years because Schmidt had threatened her.
Schmidt, who was unemployed at the time of the attacks, was arrested after an investigation by Round Lake Park police.
Schmidt pleaded guilty to predatory sexual assault of a child in exchange for assurances his sentence would not exceed 15 years.
Haxall asked Shanes to impose the maximum, saying the girl had been traumatized by what Schmidt had done to her.
Defense attorney John Murphy asked for the minimum sentence of six years, and claimed Schmidt was remorseful for what he had done and was in need of treatment.
Shanes responded that he believed the 12-year sentence was appropriate, but agreed to recommend Schmidt serve his time in a prison where sex offender treatment is offered.
If Schmidt had been convicted after a trial, he would have faced a maximum sentence of 30 years behind bars.