JOLIET, IL — Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that a jury on Thursday found 58-year-old Vincent Winters of Joliet, guilty of three counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child and three counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse of a 5-year-old girl in 2017.
The jury returned its verdict after approximately two-and-a- half hours of deliberation. Will County Judge Sarah Jones, who presided over the four-day trial, scheduled sentencing for January 25.
Because Winters has a previous aggravated criminal sexual assault conviction from 1993, he will receive a life sentence, according to State’s Attorney spokeswoman Carole Cheney.
According to Glasgow’s office:
On October 11, 2017, Winters was watching the victim while her mother was at work. When the mother picked her daughter up from school, the girl was upset and told her that Winters had engaged in certain sexual acts with her.
Glasgow thanked Sex Crimes Unit Chief Jeffrey Brown, Assistant State’s Attorney Amanda Tasker, Victim Witness Advocate Emma Rannells, Legal Secretary Jean O’Donnell, IT Specialist Bob Valiska, Joliet Police Department Officer Daniel Willis, and Retired Joliet Police Department Detective Shawn Filipiak, for their dedication and commitment.
Glasgow also commended Will County Children’s Advocacy Center Forensic Interviewer Jaclyn Lundquist for her victim-sensitive interview of the young girl. Annually, the Will County CAC serves more than 700 children who have endured physical and sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, child pornography, neglect, and exposure to violence.