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updated: 8/14/2012 2:04 PM

Aurora man convicted of long-term sex assaults on child

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An Aurora man will be sentenced to at least 32 years in prison, after being convicted late last week of sexually preying on and sexually assaulting a girl for eight years.

Pedro Terrazas, 36, of the 1100 block of Pleasant Place, was convicted by a Kane County jury of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, five counts of criminal sexual assault, and five counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. All are felonies.

From 2002 until August 2010, Terrazas had sexual contact with a young girl nearly every weekday since he was alone with the child taking care of her while the victim's mother was at work.

The assaults ended when the victim told a relative about them, and that relative called authorities.

His next court date is 9 a.m. Oct. 12. A sentencing date has not been set. Terrazas will have to serve at least 85 percent of the time on the most serious charge, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, which is a Class X felony.

Terrazas had been held in the Kane County jail on $500,000 bail, which was revoked upon conviction.

"This victim showed tremendous courage in telling her story to police and to the jury. We hope that other victims of such despicable and deplorable acts will find comfort in the knowledge that if they come forward and tell their story, someone will listen," Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon said in a prepared statement.

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