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DeKalb man convicted of criminal sexual abuse declared 'sexually violent'

Carmen T. Protano
Carmen T. Protano

SYCAMORE – A former DeKalb man convicted of sexually abusing his 6-year-old niece while babysitting her was declared a sexually violent person Thursday by a DeKalb County judge.

Carmen T. Protano, formerly of the 1600 block of South Fourth Street, pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse in 2011. He was sentenced to four years in prison and two years of parole thereafter.

He had also been convicted in Florida of two counts of battery against his daughter when she was between the ages of five and seven, according to a release from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

“This offender preyed upon children who trusted him, and he should not be allowed to re-enter society,” Madigan said in a statement.

DeKalb County Chief Judge Robbin J. Stuckert ordered Thursday that Protano must remain in the custody of the Illinois Department of Human Services for treatment. He was then returned to a sexually violent person treatment and detention facility in Rushville, pending a hearing.

To be committed under the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act, as Protano was, a person must have been convicted of a sexually violent offense and suffer from a mental disorder. Prosecutors must also prove the offender is likely to commit future acts of sexual violence if released from custody.

Vasiliki Tsoflias, a clinical psychologist at Wexford Health Services, testified in 2014 that Protano suffered from pedophilic disorder based on his criminal history, and that he had been involved in sexual acts with numerous children.

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