Mt. Vernon Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Child Under 13

Mt. Vernon Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Child Under 13

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A 51-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson County court to 15-years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a victim under the age of 13.

Lloyd E. Latchford was charged in June with Class X felony predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13. He has been held in the Jefferson County Jail with bail set at $500,000.

Latchford had pleaded not guilty following his arrest and demanded a jury trial.

However, in July the court ruled that an exception would be given on the hearsay rule and that a closed circuit video recording of an Amy Center interview would be allowed.

Then last month hearings and a jury trial setting were vacated and a possible plea deal was scheduled for September 4, at which time he entered into the agreement with the state.