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A Sugar Grove man will register for 25 years as a sex offender following a sentence handed down on Friday.

Alton S. Riel, 48, was convicted by Judge Gregory Hammond on a single count of indecent assault.

According to the probable cause affidavit, police were contacted in April 2020 regarding an alleged incident in which Riel put his hand under a girl’s shirt and bra and touched her chest.

According to the alleged victim, the incident occurred at his residence while the school was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The probable cause affidavit states that the alleged victim told Riel what he was doing was wrong and he stopped.

Police said Riel was questioned about the alleged incident.

“The accused admitted to touching the victim and he clearly knew how old the victim was”, according to the police. “The defendant first said it could be an accident and after further discussion he said he knew he had made a mistake and it was wrong.”

His lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Francis Waweru, told the court that his client understood the gravity of the charges. He said Riel’s background was mostly traffic violations, calling it the first time he was “in trouble for something so serious.”

Riel said he is “sorry for everything that happened” and told the court that the victim said last month that the incident never happened.

Judge Hammond then intervened and noted that he was still in contact with the victim after his charge and that the victim’s family had intimidated the victim over his statement.

He told Riel that his explanations are “Will fall on a dead man’s ear” because he already refused to let Riel withdraw his guilty plea.

Riel then says he is “Ready to assume its responsibilities”.

Hammond told him that a state assessment revealed he was not a sexually violent predator.

“You are obviously a predator, but not a sexually violent predator”, he said.

He then sentenced Riel to six months to two years less a day of incarceration with credit for 43 days served, work release and early reinstatement, presentation of a DNA sample, sex offender counseling, a no-contact order, $ 625 fine and fees and a no-contact order with anyone under the age of 18 without supervision.

He also told Riel that he would be required to register as a sex offender for 25 years under Megan’s Law.

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Rachel J. Bradford