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Rockford man sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting child

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – A Rockford man will spend at least 21 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child multiple times over a four-year period.

Scottie A. Pulliam, 48, was sentenced Friday to 23 years and three months behind bars for predatory criminal sexual assault and three years for aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He must serve 85% of the first sentence and 50% of the second. The prison terms will run consecutively.

Found guilty after a jury trial in May, Pulliam will also be on parole for three years and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. 

In September 2018, Rockford Police received a complaint from an female victim who reported that the Pulliam, had sexually abused her. Sensitive Crimes detectives conducted a follow-up investigation which revealed that he sexually abused a child under younger than 13 multiple times between 2014 until it was reported in 2018.

Predatory criminal sexual assault is a Class X felony, punishable by an extended sentence of six to 60 years in prison. Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is a Class 2 felony with a sentencing range of three to seven years.

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