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Man sentenced to 4 years in beating of children

Published: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 10:50 p.m. CST

ST. CHARLES – A suburban Chicago man has pleaded guilty to beating three children with a metal rod in exchange for a four-year prison sentence.

The Kane County State's Attorney Office announced Friday that 41-year-old Oscar Leija of Aurora must also register with authorities as a violent offender when he is released from state prison.

Leija was arrested after an incident in August 2012 involving his girlfriend's three young children. Prosecutors say he became angry with the children and called them into a room, where he struck them several times in the buttocks with the metal rod.

The injuries required medical attention. A physician treating the children reported the injuries to the state's Department of Children and Family Services. Leija was later arrested on felony aggravated battery charges.

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