Sex Abuser Convicted after Plea for Forgiveness Prompts Charges

The following press release was received from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

There’s an interesting twist to this case. The man was in prison for bank robbery and went to his niece, now in her 20’s, after getting out to ask for forgiveness.

FORMER WOODSTOCK MAN FOUND GUILTY OF
AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE OF HIS NIECE

Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, is pleased to announce that Defendant Christopher Huinker was found guilty of three counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse by the Honorable Judge Sharon L. Prather following a three day bench trial.

Between October 1995 and December 1998, Huinker, a former Woodstock resident, knowingly committed several acts of sexual conduct with his niece who was under thirteen years of age.

Defendant Huinker, following his incarceration for a 1998 bank robbery in Belvidere, IL, returned to McHenry, spoke with the victim privately, and asked her to forgive him for sexually abusing her.

The apology prompted the victim to disclose the abuse to her counselor.  An investigation and charges followed.

The case was prosecuted for the State by Assistant State’s Attorneys Ryan Blackney and Jeff Bora.  The defendant will be sentenced on March 26 at 1:30 p.m.


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