Man who admitted to molesting young girl gets probation

Man who admitted to molesting young girl gets probation
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URBANA, Ill. (Gray News) - Prosecutors in Campaign County wanted Judge Heidi Ladd to give Michael Akers six years in prison time.

After all, The News-Gazette reported he had told deputies he pinned a girl younger than 13 to a bed and put his hand down her shorts.

Still, Ladd agreed with Andrea Bergstrom, the assistant public defender who fought for a probation sentence.

Citing Akers’ congestive heart failure, a lack of prior convictions and remorse, she sentenced the 38-year-old to four years of probation and a lifetime on the sex offender registry.

The assault happened in August 2011. The victim, now a teenager, didn’t come forward until last fall.

Akers pleaded guilty in April to aggravated criminal sexual abuse, which is classified as a Class 2 felony.

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