Vandalia man scheduled to be sentenced on sex abuse charge

Vandalia man scheduled to be sentenced on sex abuse charge

VANDALIA — A 32-year-old Vandalia man is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in Fayette County court on a Class 2 felony charge of sexually abusing a minor.

In August, Ernest K. Klucas Jr. filed an open plea of guilty to one of four counts Class 2 felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor.

An open plea does not come with an agreed-upon sentence and is not an actual plea of guilt.

In such a plea, the defendant is only agreeing that if the case were to go to trial the prosecution had sufficient evidence to likely get a conviction.

In the agreement Klucas entered, three of the four counts against him were dismissed in exchange for his open plea on one count.

A pre-sentencing investigation and a Psychosexual Risk Assessment/Evaluation of Klucas was filed with the court in October.

He has remained in the Fayette County Jail since his August 2017 arrest by Vandalia police after a warrant on the charges had been issued.