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St. Elmo man found guilty of sex offenses

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

A St. Elmo man will be sentenced on three major sex offenses next month.

Derek M. Klincar, 22, was found guilty of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse at the conclusion of a two-day jury trial in Fayette County Circuit Court.

The jury deliberated just 30 minutes before returning the guilty verdicts on the afternoon of Jan. 6. His sentencing hearing is set for 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 30.

Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel charged Klincar with the offenses on March 24 of last year, alleging that the crimes against a person under the age of 13 were committed on or about Feb. 22 of last year.

Predatory criminal sexual assault of a child is a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison, or up to 60 years in cases where the defendant is eligible for an extended prison term. Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is a Class 2 felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and/or a fine of up to $25,000.