DECATUR — A 47-year-old man faces up to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday in Macon County Circuit Court to sexually abusing a 6-year-old Decatur girl.
Todd A. Brown admitted to one count of the predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony.
Brown was set to go to trial Wednesday on two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The other charges were dropped after he agreed to a plea deal negotiated by his defense attorney, Karen Root.
Brown will be sentenced April 3 by Judge Thomas Griffith, who emphasized to Brown that the prison time he faced ranged from six to 18 years, along with having to register as a sex offender.
“You understand that even with that (sentence) cap, that is a pretty wide range there, Mr. Brown?” Griffith warned him. Brown, who is being held in the Macon County Jail on $252,500 bond, said he understood.
Without the 18-year cap as part of the plea deal, Brown would have faced up to 60 years in prison if convicted at trial.
Outlining the case, Assistant State’s Attorney Kate Kurtz said the abuse occurred from May 2016 to April 2017.
A sworn statement from Decatur police officer James Wrigley, which was not read out loud in court, said the girl told her mother what was being done to her, and the mother alerted police.
Wrigley said a medical exam revealed injuries to the girl's vagina consistent with sexual abuse.