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Man sentenced to 30 years for sexually abusing child

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – Paul Mathis, 59, has been sentenced to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for aggravated criminal sexual abuse, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces Thursday.

Mathis was previously convicted of the offense last Dec. 4 after a jury trial.

Feb. 6, 2012, officers from the Rockford Police Department were dispatched to a residence in Rockford for a report of a sexual assault to a minor. During
the investigation, Mathis was developed as a suspect.

The case was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office and charges were authorized.

Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is a Class 2 felony. The defendant is subject to Class
X sentencing on the charge with a sentencing range of six to 30 years prison followed by three years of mandatory supervised release.

Mathis is also required to register as a child sex offender for the rest of his life.

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