Tracey A. Janes

Tracey A. Janes. 

DECATUR — Tracey A. Janes faces a potential maximum sentence of 120 years in prison after a jury convicted him Thursday of 20 serious sex offenses committed against a girl under 18.

The victim watched as the 43-year-old Janes was led away in handcuffs after the verdict, reached in just an hour and a half, had been read out in the Macon County Courthouse. Responding to a motion from Assistant Macon County State’s Attorney Kate Kurtz, Judge Erick Hubbard revoked Janes’ bond once the verdicts were in.

Janes, of Mount Zion, is due to be sentenced Aug. 14. The offenses carry mandatory prison time, which must be served at 85 percent.

The trial started Wednesday and the jury retired to consider its verdict late Thursday morning. Hubbard read out the guilty verdicts on each count in turn, the full list including three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, three counts of criminal sexual assault and 14 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Kurtz, aside from incriminating text messages, had no physical evidence against Janes. But jurors clearly believed the testimony of the victim, who said Janes, a man she had trusted, began sexually abusing and assaulting her from the time she was in the third grade until she was 13.

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“This defendant committed unspeakable acts,” Kurtz had told the jurors. And the victim had told the court: “I always told him to stop but he would not stop.”

Defense attorney Gary Geisler had highlighted the lack of physical evidence and said the case boiled down to the word of a victim he described as having grown into a troubled teenager.

Geisler declined an opportunity from the judge to have the jurors poled after the verdict. The attorney made no comment but indicated he would be filing post trial motions in defense of his client and the judge said he would consider them at the sentencing hearing.

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Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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