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Elgin man who disappeared before trial for sexual abuse of child is sentenced

A northwest suburban man who fled before his 2015 trial for sexually abusing a child has been sentenced to five years in prison.

On Wednesday, Circuit Judge Susan Clancy Boles sentenced 50-year-old Jaime Rodriguez to five years and ordered him to forfeit $7,500 in bond money, according to the Kane County state’s attorney’s office.

Rodriguez, whose last known address was in the 200 block of South Aldine Street in Elgin, was freed on a $10,000 bond and did not show up for court when his trial was scheduled to begin Oct. 1, prosecutors said. A warrant for his arrest was issued and authorities unsuccessfully searched in the Elgin area.

Rodriguez was last seen Sept. 14, 2015, and despite his absence, the trial was completed, prosecutors said. On Oct. 8, 2015, Judge Boles found Rodriguez guilty of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony.

Prosecutors said that on Jan. 20, 2014, Rodriguez entered a girl’s bedroom while she was living with his family and sexually abused her.

In addition to the prison term, Rodriguez must register for life as a sexual offender in accordance with the Illinois Sexual Offender Registration Act.

Anyone with information on Rodriguez’s whereabouts should call 911, Elgin police at (847) 289-2700, or the Kane County sheriff’s office at (630) 232-6840. Once he is in custody, Rodriguez will be sent directly to prison.