State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces Harry Carr Sentenced to 31 Years for Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse of 11-Year-Old Girl

JOLIET – State’s Attorney James Glasgow has announced that Harry Carr, 28, of Bolingbrook, has been sentenced to 31 years in prison by Circuit Judge Sarah Jones for aggravated criminal sexual assault and abuse of an 11-year-old girl while living in the girl’s home with her wheelchair-bound mother in 2012. Judge Jones had found Carr guilty on June 28, 2021, of two counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, a Class X felony, and three counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, a Class 2 felony, following a bench trial.

In September 2012, the victim had attempted suicide and the mother found a note in the girl’s purse discussing her sexual activities with Carr, who was 19 years old at the time. Carr had sexually assaulted the girl numerous times on the second floor of the girl’s home, while the girl’s mother was confined to a wheelchair on the first floor.

“The conduct of this predator who took advantage of a young girl in her own home while her disabled mother was downstairs is sickening,” Glasgow said. “Although we often think that child predators are strangers, the shocking fact is that 90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator. Sexual predators like Carr who take advantage of children often deceive the family by pretending to be trusting and caring, when their ultimate goal is to prey upon an innocent child. Such manipulative predators are morally reprehensible.”

Glasgow commended Assistant State’s Attorneys Mary Fillipitch and Ashley Kwasneski, Victim Witness Services Director Nichole Pasteris, and Jackie Lundquist who conducted the Victim Sensitive Interview at the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center.

The Will County CAC was founded by Glasgow in 1995 to provide hope, healing, and justice to sexually abused children. The CAC uses a collaborative approach to taking a child’s statement with multi-disciplinary team members that include law enforcement, mental health professionals, prosecution, and child protective services (DCFS), with the child telling their story once to a trained forensic interviewer who asks the questions in a non-leading manner in a way that does not re-traumatize the child.  This protects the integrity of the information gathered and allows prosecutors and investigators to thoroughly assess possible criminal offenses that may have been committed.