Sandoval Man Pleads Guilty To Felony Sexual Abuse

(MT. VERNON, IL) — A 19-year-old Sandoval man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Jefferson County court to felony sexual abuse of a girl between the ages of 13 and 17. Charles Downes pleaded guilty to Class 4 felony criminal sexual abuse/force and was sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, to be followed by one year of mandatory supervised release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender. Downes admitted last October to sexual conduct with the victim in exchange for a Class 2 felony charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse being dismissed. He was arrested November 15 and charged with a misdemeanor in connection with case, which has also been dismissed. He was subsequently charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse after it was discovered he had given the victim a sexually transmitted disease.