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Carpentersville man convicted of sexually assaulting child

Sergio Tinajero. Photo from Kane County state’s attorney’s office.
Sergio Tinajero. Photo from Kane County state’s attorney’s office.

(ST. CHARLES) A northwest suburban man was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting a young child he knew over a three-year period and faces more than 27 years in prison.

A jury deliberated for about 2 1/2 hours before finding Sergio Tinajero guilty of four counts of predatory sexual assault of a child, and six counts of aggravated sexual abuse, a statement from the Kane County state’s attorney’s office said.

Tinajero, 54, sexually assaulted the child, who was under 13 at the time, multiple times between September 2009 and September 2012 at his home in the 0-99 block of Robin Road in Carpentersville, prosecutors claimed during the trial.

Police started investigating after a school counselor overheard the victim telling a friend about the assaults, and reported it to the Department of Children and Family Services, the state’s attorney’s office said.

Tinajero is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 5 for motions and sentencing, the statement said. He faces between 27 and 127 years in prison, and must register for life as a sexual offender if he is released.