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DECATUR — A 28-year-old Decatur woman was sentenced to 48 months' probation Thursday after pleading guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a 16-year-old boy, a Class 2 felony.

Rebecca M. Wilhelm will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life and undergo a mental health evaluation. Wilhelm, who has been in custody, had accepted a plea bargain negotiated by her defense attorney, Timothy Tighe. 

As part of the agreement she was also sentenced to 133 days in the Macon County Jail, with credit for the 133 days she's been in custody, and was due for release after the hearing in Macon County Circuit Court.

A Class 2 felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison.

The offense dates back to April 23 when Wilhelm was staying overnight at the boy's home. Sworn police affidavits following her arrest said she had stayed up into the early morning hours to watch movies with the boy in his bedroom before pinning him to his bed and forcing him to have sex with her.

The boy suffered bite marks and scratches during the assault and told his mother what happened later that day.

Victim impact statements from the boy and his 43-year-old mother were read to the court by Macon County Assistant State's Attorney Kate Kurtz.

The boy described himself as suffering insomnia from constant nightmares since the assault and in need of medication. “I find myself emotionally disturbed and extremely betrayed. I suffer from extreme insomnia, anxiety and living in a state of constant fear,” he wrote.

His mother told the court she also felt betrayed by Wilhelm's crime. “I considered her as my sister, but she sexually assaulted my son,” the mother said.

She and her son said they felt a sentence of probation was not as much punishment as Wilhelm deserved, but Kurtz told Judge Thomas Griffith they were prepared to accept the plea deal.

Wilhelm, dressed in dark blue jail clothes, stood before the judge with one hand resting on her hip and said “Yes, your honor,” when asked if she understood the terms of the plea agreement and her sentence. She was also ordered to stay away from the boy.


Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.