A Lake County Judge sentenced a male resident of Libertyville to 120 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, today, Friday, November 18, 2022, for sexually assaulting a minor over the course of six years.
Michael Main, 55, was convicted by a jury on July 21, 2022, of six counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a child, a Class X felony, and 11 counts of Criminal Sexual Assault, a Class 1 felony.
“This offender will never be able to harm anyone in our community again. I want to commend the Libertyville Police Department on their 2016 investigation and the trial team for securing a guilty verdict this year. This long case can finally come to a close in our courthouse because of their work. We hope that this maximum sentence assists the survivors in their healing process, and we will continue to support them,” State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart stated after the sentencing on Friday.
Main was first charged in August 2016, after the victim made a report to the Libertyville Police Department, stating they had been sexually assaulted by Main over the course of six years. The Libertyville police conducted an investigation and arrested Main shortly after.
During the sentencing hearing, Presiding Judge James Booras heard three victim impact statements. The statements explained the overwhelming trauma each person lives with every day due to Main’s actions. The statements described Main’s acts as “inhumane,” “heinous” and “monstrous.” The statements went on to detail being stripped of their normal life, emphasizing how Main’s “ugliness” and “sickness” will never be fixed.
The State argued to Judge Booras that the acts committed by Main were traumatic, unacceptable, and unjustifiable. The State emphasized the devastating pain that each person described and requested 100 years in prison. The defense asked for the minimum in prison of 80 years.
Before Judge Booras sentenced Main, he described Main’s acts as “despicable.” Booras further noted that Main denied responsibility and downplayed his actions throughout the investigation and sentencing.
Main had been held on $1,500,000 bond in the Lake County Jail from the time of his arrest until his trial. After the verdict, Judge Booras revoked his ability to post cash bond.
The 120-year sentence is to be served at 85%.
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