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updated: 8/7/2013 12:32 PM

Man gets 8 years for sexually assaulting Lombard girl

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  • Emiliano Estrada

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A man convicted of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl while rooming with her family in Lombard was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison.

Emiliano Estrada, 44, had pleaded guilty in June to predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

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Authorities said Estrada rented a room from the victim's family after his roommate moved away and he was without a place to live. He was arrested last November after the girl told her sister Estrada assaulted her while they were alone and watching a movie.

Assistant State's Attorney Kirsten King said Estrada confessed in an interview with investigators from the DuPage County Children's Center, telling them he did it "out of curiosity."

"The victim's family takes him in and he repays them by taking advantage of access to their 5-year-old daughter," King said Wednesday, arguing for a 16-year term.

Estrada, who had no prior criminal history, offered a brief apology to the victim and her family.

"It's a mistake I made, and I'm sorry," he said in court.

By law, Estrada must register as a sex offender for life and serve nearly seven years before he will be eligible for parole. He was sentenced by DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell.

Estrada has been jailed since his arrest and is likely to be deported by immigrations officials upon his release from prison, authorities said.

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