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5/14/2013 12:57:00 PM
Man gets eight years on child sex-abuse charge
Robert C. Stallings, 41, formerly of Robinson, pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse Friday in Crawford County Circuit Court.

He was sentenced to eight years in Illinois prison, which will run concurrently with an unrelated March 14, 2012, conviction for child sexual molestation from Gibson County, Ind. After his release he will serve "an indeterminate term of mandatory supervised release," the sentencing document said.

The charging document said he "committed an act of sexual conduct with [the victim], who was under 13 years of age when the act was committed, in that [Stallings] intentionally touched the sex organs of [the victim] for the purpose of sexual arousal of the defendant."

He is in a prison in New Castle, Ind., and was brought to Crawford County Thursday for the plea and sentencing.

For the Indiana offense, Stallings was sentenced to nine years, 11 months and 29 days in prison on March 14, 2012. His earliest possible Indiana release date is Dec. 5, 2016. That is also his expected release date.

In general, an inmate sentenced out of Illinois will serve the rest of his sentence in an Illinois prison after release from the out-of-state prison.

Stallings already had a conviction of sexual abuse of a child in Kentucky, officers said. He was convicted in 1994 under the name Robert Charles Smith. He was wanted in Washington on a 1998 warrant for failure to register as a sex offender.

He moved to Crawford County and changed his name after he married a local woman, officers said.

Robinson police had an open investigation on Stallings when Gibson County, Ind., detective Deborah Borchelt started her own case after a girl made allegations of sexual touching.

Borchelt found out about the Robinson police case before she asked Stallings to come in for an interview. She spoke with Robinson police, interviewed Stallings and obtained a confession on both cases, said Robinson Police Sgt. David Marqua before an earlier court hearing.

The plea agreement was negotiated between special prosecutor David Rands and public defender Jay Holtzhouser. Stallings was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Christopher Weber.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Article comment by: Angel Newell

I find it very appalling that a person who is brought up on drug charges gets more time than someone who is charged with rape/molestation of a child ( or any one for that matter) or murder. What the hell is this world coming to?

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: phyllis Hall

What kind of a wimpy sentence for a chlid sexual assult, is 8 years? These monsters can never, NEVER be rehabilitated, the child will be affected forever. Come on Illinois show some backbone in these cases.

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