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Sycamore man sentenced to 35 years for rape

Published: Monday, July 1, 2013 5:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 1, 2013 10:53 p.m. CDT
Mark Tate, of Sycamore, arrested Sept. 8, 2010, and charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault. He is accused of assaulting a teenager and impregnating her.

SYCAMORE – A 44-year-old Sycamore man was sentenced to 35 years in prison for repeatedly raping a 13-year-old girl, whom he impregnated.

A jury deliberated for about 90 minutes in February before convicting Mark A. Tate, of the 1200 block of Commercial Street in Sycamore, for sex abuse between Sept. 2, 2009, and May 31, 2010.

"A sentence of this length sends the right message when it comes to conduct as repugnant as this," DeKalb County State's Attorney Richard Schmack said Monday. "... The judge was right to impose a sentence exceeding the minimum, as we had requested, despite the defendant's lack of a known serious criminal history."

DeKalb County Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert issued the sentence Friday. Tate will not be eligible for parole until he's served at least 28 years in prison, at which time he would be 72 years old.

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