Aurora man gets 15 year sentence for molesting child

Aurora man gets 15 year sentence for molesting child

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ST. CHARLES, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A west suburban Aurora man convicted of sexually assaulting a young girl over a three-year period was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday.

Brandon M. Niford, 30, was convicted May 7 by a Kane County Jury of one felony count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, according to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office.

Between February 2007 and February 2010, Niford engaged in an act of sexual penetration with the child, who was younger than 13 at the time, prosecutors said.

“We are grateful for the courage this victim showed in coming forward. Her willingness to report this assault and testify prevented Mr. Niford from preying on other children,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said in the statement.

Niford previously served prison time on charges he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl after she passed out from alcohol he gave her in 2007, the Aurora Beacon-News previously reported.

He is registered as a sexual predator on the Illinois Sex Offender website, which notes he has not maintained accurate registration records required by law.

Judge Karen Simpson handed down the 15-year sentence at a hearing Wednesday, the state’s attorney’s office said.

Niford, of the 400 block of Plum Street in Aurora, must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence, and will receive credit for 444 days he spent in jail since his arrest, the state’s attorney’s office said. He must continue to register as a sex offender for life, officials said.

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