Illinois Man Found Guilty in Kankakee Sexual Assault Case, Could Face Over 300 Years in Prison

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Kankakee, IL – Jose Vazquez, a 39-year-old man, has been found guilty on multiple counts of sexual assault against a minor. 

Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe reported the verdict, delivered this week, includes five counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, class X felonies, and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, class 2 felonies, against an 11-year-old girl. Vazquez now faces a mandatory sentence ranging from 33 to 307 years in prison.

SA Rowe expressed relief at the conviction, emphasizing the enhanced safety of the community with Vazquez’s incarceration. He praised the dedication of First Assistant State’s Attorney Carol Costello, Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Goudreau, the Kankakee Police Department, Clove Alliance sexual assault advocates, State’s Attorney Victim Advocate Shondrea Terrell, the Support Staff team, and Child Network’s Forensic Interviewer Samantha Woodmaster for their roles in securing justice.

The survivor and her family were acknowledged for their courage throughout the ordeal. Sentencing for Vazquez is scheduled for a later date, and he remains in custody at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. 

For those affected by sexual assault, support is available through the Clove Alliance hotline at 815-932-3322, with more information accessible at clovealliance.org.

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