Elgin man gets 25 years in prison for child sexual abuse

Child victim disclosed abuse after health class film

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – An Elgin man agreed to a sentence of 25 years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea to predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse of two victims younger than 13, according to a news release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Kane County Judge Alice Tracy accepted the plea from José L. Dominguez, 55, of Pioneer Park Place, Elgin.

Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Matthew Rodgers stated in court that between January 2011 and August 2018 Dominguez sexually abused two victims, and knew they both were younger than 13, the release stated.

“When the older victim was 13, she saw a film in health class that caused her to disclose her own abuse to a teacher,” Rodgers stated in the release. “I’m proud of her for the courage she showed in coming forward and for coming to the sentencing hearing and providing a powerful victim impact statement.”

The sentence is 22 years for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony and three years for aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony.

Dominguez must serve at least 85% of the 22-year sentence and is eligible for day-for-day sentencing on the three-year sentence. Dominguez will also receive credit for 979 days he served in the Kane County jail, where he had been held since his arrest in lieu of $1 million bond.

In addition to the prison term, Dominguez must register for life as a sexual offender in accordance with the Illinois Sexual Offender Registration Act.

In the release, Rodgers also thanked Investigator Tim Bosshart and case manager Cindy Barrett “for their outstanding work in this case.”

The Kane County Child Advocacy Center investigated and prosecuted Dominguez.