JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow has announced that Rocky Ponton, 46, of Lakewood, Illinois, has been sentenced by Associate Judge Frederick Harvey to 16 years in prison for the Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child, a Class X felony, pursuant to a plea agreement reached today. Ponton also will be registered as a lifetime sexual predator.
Ponton committed the assault when the girl was between the ages of 11 and 12. The victim, who is now 19, read a victim Impact statement to the Court.
“This vile creature preyed on this young girl during her formative years,” Glasgow said. “Although the victim has been forever impacted by his brutal violation of her as a child, her statement today in court is a testament to her inner strength and courage. Sadly, she is one of approximately 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse in this nation. We can, and we must, focus on prevention to stop this silent epidemic.”
Ponton will receive a credit of 1387 days for time served.
Glasgow commended Assistant State’s Attorneys Kelly Tebo and Mary Fillipitch, and Victim Witness Advocate Dannete Pasdertz, for their commitment and hard work on behalf of the victim in this matter.