A Godfrey man will serve up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to raping a 12-year-old girl.
Aaron M. Delong, 35, of Godfrey was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison. On Oct. 6, he pleaded guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault, a class X felony.
Delong had been charged in 2014 with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old female acquaintance in 2013. Assistant State’s Attorney Kathleen Nolan, head of the Children’s Justice Division, had asked Madison County Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli to give Delong the maximum sentence of 30 years.
“I am hopeful that this tough sentence sends a message to other victims in Madison County that they shouldn’t be afraid to come forward,” said Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons. “This severe punishment of a repulsive predator demonstrates that my office will fight relentlessly to get justice for our victims.”
Delong has been in custody since he was charged in lieu of $400,000 bail. He will be required to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.