St. Elmo man gets prison for sex crimes

A St. Elmo man found guilty of three sex offenses in January has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

At a sentencing hearing in February, Derek M. Klincar was given two six-year sentences and one three-year sentence by Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm for the sex offenses.

Those three sentences will be served consecutively, and consecutive to a three-year sentence for a 2007 offense.

A Fayette County jury deliberated only 30 minutes on Jan. 6 before finding Klincar, 22, guilty of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

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

The six-year sentences are for the predatory criminal sexual assault charges, and the three-year sentence is for the aggravated criminal sexual abuse charge.

Predatory criminal sexual assault of a child is punishable by up to 30 years in prison. 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.

As Klincar was sentenced for the sex crimes, he signed a plea agreement on an aggravated battery charge which alleged that he struck a male in the leg with a claw hammer on or about Nov. 3, 2007.

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