Former Illinois Lay Pastor Sentenced to Additional 6 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault


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KANE COUNTY, IL – Former Big Rock lay pastor, Mark A. Rivera, has pleaded guilty to criminal sexual assault and has been sentenced to an additional six years in prison by the Kane County State’s Attorney. Rivera, age 50, was previously sentenced to 15 years for sexually assaulting a child.

According to Assistant State’s Attorney Matthew Rodgers, the victim and others were at Rivera’s home on Granart Road in unincorporated Big Rock Township on February 16, 2018. The victim became intoxicated, and Rivera walked her home. He then returned to his home and sexually assaulted her. Rivera took advantage of the victim, who was unable to consent to the act at the time because she was intoxicated.

Rivera’s sentence will be served consecutive to his previous 15-year sentence for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He must register as a sexual offender for life in accordance with the Illinois Sexual Offender Registration Act.

Rodgers stated that Rivera is a sexual predator who preys on the vulnerable and belongs in prison. He expressed his gratitude to the victims for speaking up and preventing Rivera from preying on anyone else. The Kane County Sheriff’s Office staff was also thanked for their work in the investigation.

Rivera’s guilty plea and subsequent sentence send a strong message that sexual assault will not be tolerated in Illinois. Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to speak up and seek justice. The state of Illinois is committed to holding perpetrators accountable and ensuring the safety and well-being of all citizens.


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