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Joliet man sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexual assault, abuse of daughter

State's attorney commended victim's courage for coming forward

Samuel Quintero
Samuel Quintero

A Joliet man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting and abusing his daughter, according to the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office.

On Thursday, Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak sentenced Samuel Quintero, 35, of the 200 block of South Eastern Avenue, following a bench trial where she found him guilty of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

In a statement, Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said a parent has an “absolute duty to provide a child with unconditional love” and the “breach of this most sacred obligation in the human condition is unforgivable.”

“This girl has been damaged and the abuse will continue to impact her throughout her entire life. This vile predator heartlessly took advantage of his own daughter’s innocence for his demented gratification, terrorizing her for years,” Glasgow said.

Glasgow said Quintero is an “evil and depraved abuser” who has received his prison sentence “here on earth” and will “serve an even greater sentence when he meets his maker.”

“This young woman is to be commended for her courage in coming forward and standing up to the pedophile who continually abused her throughout her childhood,” he said.

Quintero’s sentence also includes lifetime sex offender registration.

In an interview conducted by the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center’s multi-disciplinary team, the victim said the abuse spanned a number of years, beginning when she was about 6 and generally occurring when she spent weekends visiting her father, officials said.

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