October 17, 2019
JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that 36-year-old Anthony Creasy of Joliet has been sentenced to 84 years in prison for repeated acts of predatory sexual assault of a minor girl in her home over a period of several years beginning when the girl was approximately 8 years old. Creasy was the boyfriend of the girl’s mother during the lengthy duration of the repeated sexual assaults.
A jury found Creasy guilty in December 2018 on four counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under the age of 13, a Class X felony, after deliberating for just 70 minutes. Creasy was sentenced by Circuit Judge Daniel Kennedy to 21 years on each count to be served consecutively. As part of his sentence, Creasy must register for the rest of his life as a sex offender.
“Anthony Creasy is a morally bankrupt, craven coward who savagely preyed upon a young child during her most tender years,” Glasgow said. “The abject horror that this girl suffered on a daily basis as a result of the depraved conduct of this soulless predator is unimaginable. He deserves the decades he will spend in a cold prison cell, but unfortunately no punishment can restore the innocence and trust he stole from his young victim.”
The victim reported Creasy’s abuse to authorities after he married another woman with a young daughter and moved to Wisconsin because of her concerns that he might abuse the young girl in that household. That young girl was entering the age the Joliet victim had been when Creasy’s predatory sexual assaults began. Lead prosecutor Assistant State’s Attorney Jeff Brown notified authorities in Wisconsin to begin an investigation into the matter.
“Jeff Brown’s tenacity and creativity led to the discovery and documentation through a search warrant of the critical identifying characteristics of the defendant that ensured this conviction,” Glasgow said.
“I commend this girl’s incredible courage in reporting her abuse in order to protect another innocent young girl,” said Glasgow. “Her testimony describing the unique piercings on Creasy in his private area and providing details of Creasy’s repeated sexual assaults upon her sealed his fate, and helped to shine a bright light on the truly horrific nature of predatory sexual assault of a child. The victim impact statement read by the victim at sentencing as she stared into the eyes of the defendant sums it up: ‘Anthony, you did not break me. You tried to hide my voice, but I found it. And now it is time for you to pay for your actions, not me.’”
Glasgow commended the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center’s Multi-Disciplinary Team involved in the case, including Assistant State’s Attorneys Jeff Brown and Kelly Tebo, Joliet Police Department Detective Shawn Filipiak, Forensic Interviewer Jackie Lundquist, and Victim Witness Advocate Danette Pasdertz for their dedication and commitment. The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center was created by Glasgow in 1995 to provide hope, healing, and justice to sexually abused children and non-offending family members.