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Jury finds Plainfield man guilty of sexually assaulting children

David B. Libby
David B. Libby

JOLIET – A jury found a Plainfield man guilty of sexually assaulting two children over a period of about
14 years.

After several hours of jury deliberation Wednesday, David B. Libby, 52, of the 24100 block of West Joseph Avenue in Plainfield was found guilty of predatory criminal sexual assault and predatory criminal sexual assault of two victims younger than 13.

Both charges are Class X felonies and carry a mandatory minimum sentence of six to 30 years in prison.

Libby’s attorney, Ricardo Munoz, declined to comment on the verdict. Will County Assistant State’s Attorneys Mary Fillipitch and Kelly Tebo deferred to spokesman Charles B. Pelkie, who declined to comment.

Libby was arrested by Plainfield police on criminal sexual abuse charges in February 2015 and has been held in the Will County jail in lieu of $3 million bond.

He was indicted on charges of sexually assaulting two children who were younger than 13 at the time of the abuse. The sexual assaults happened to one of the children as far back as 2004 and the other as late as 2014.

Opening arguments in Libby’s trial began Feb. 27 and the trial concluded with closing arguments Wednesday.

Munoz argued in his closing argument that there was poor investigation in the case against his client, who claimed the abuse didn’t happen. Munoz also argued the police investigators did not follow proper procedure in the case, there was missing evidence and investigators used the memory of Libby’s dead wife against him.

Fillipitch argued that adults who spoke with the victims corroborated their stories of Libby’s abuse and that he admitted to it. She asked the jury to not believe the victims made it up.

“What in the world would be in it for the girls?” Fillipitch said.

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