Sycamore man convicted of sexual assault

SYCAMORE – A 42-year-old Sycamore man faces up to 60 years in prison after being convicted this week of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl in September 2011.

Jimmy A. Reiss, of the 1800 block of Raintree Court, was jailed Thursday evening after jurors convicted him of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He had been free while the case was pending after posting $10,000 bail in October 2011.

Reiss was a longtime family friend of the victim and abused her Sept. 17, 2011, while she was in the care of a babysitter, prosecutors said. During the three-day trial, defense attorney Robert Nolan tried to cast doubt on who the perpetrator was and if the victim had actually been abused, prosecutors said.

This is Reiss’ second trial on the allegations. A four-day trial in April resulted in a hung jury, court records show. He is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 20.