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Roscoe man charged with sexual abuse of child

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD — A Roscoe man has been charged with sexually assaulting a child.

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announced Friday that Sean L. Whippler, 25, faces three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, charges that stem from a complaint received by the Loves Park Police Department last October.

Officials say the alleged abuse started in 2012 and that Whippler began assaulting the victim when she was younger than 13. Detectives conducted a follow-up investigation that was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office and charges were subsequently filed.

Whippler is currently being held in the Winnebago County Jail on a $100,000 bond. He is scheduled for arraignment at 9 a.m., Jan. 22. in front of Judge Joseph McGraw in Courtroom A of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

Predatory criminal sexual assault is a Class X felony, punishable by a sentence of six to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of mandatory supervised release. If convicted, Whippler would also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. R.

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