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A Glen Carbon man was sentenced Tuesday to 40 years in prison for sex crimes against a child.
A Madison County jury in December found 43-year-old Jesse W. Chartrand guilty of one count of predatory criminal sexual assault and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The abuse happened between August 2019 and July 2020, according to a state’s attorney office news release.
On Tuesday, Circuit Judge Kyle Napp sentenced Chartrand to 30-years in prison for predatory criminal sexual assault, a five-year term for aggravated criminal sexual abuse and a five-year term for another count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
The two five-year terms will run consecutive to each other and the 30-year assault sentence for a total of 40 years, according to the release.
In the release, Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Haine said Chartrand caused immeasurable suffering and trauma for the victim and the victim’s family.
“Yet they had the courage to come forward and to assist in the investigation and prosecution,” Haine said. “While no punishment could possibly make up for what they’ve experienced, we pray that this sentence brings them some degree of healing.”
The victim’s mother, in a statement to the court, said the level of pain the child has endured is “something no child should have to deal with.” The release also cites a victim-impact statement by the victim.
“You know that feeling when someone dies? When the whole world stops and it feels like nothing is real? That’s kind of how it feels,” the victim stated.
Chartrand asked jurors to find him not guilty by reason of insanity, saying he suffered delusions. However, prosecutors showed them a videotaped interview of Chartrand, conducted by Glen Carbon Police, which they argued showed he was not delusional.