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Addison man gets 15 years for sexual contact with young relatives

Martin Villanueva | DuPage County sheriff's office

A west suburban man will spend more than 10 years in prison for having sexual contact with two young girls, both of whom were his relatives, over a period of years.

Martin Villanueva, 33, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of predatory criminal sexual assault for having “inappropriate sexual contact” with the girls, a statement from the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office said.

“Time and time again, Martin Villanueva had sexual contact with his two young victims just to satisfy his deviant sexual desires,” state’s attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement announcing the sentencing. “These two girls were living a nightmare at the hands of a trusted family member.”

Judge Robert Miller accepted Villanueva’s plea and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. By law, he must serve about 10½ years before he is eligible for parole. If released, he must register as a sex offender for life.

Prosecutors had claimed that from August 2006 through June 2008; and again August 2010, through July 2011, Villanueva had sexual contact with the minor girls “on numerous occasions at their homes.”

Addison police and the DuPage County Children’s Center investigated the allegations after the girls, whom Berlin called “society’s most vulnerable” finally came forward, according to prosecutors. Villanueva was charged on June 4, 2015, and has been held in the DuPage County Jail on a $750,0000 bond since then.

“It is my sincerest hope that [the victims] will be able fully recover from the physical and emotional harm that Mr. Villanueva has inflicted upon them,” Berlin said in the statement.