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updated: 12/20/2013 4:12 PM

Addison man sentenced to 12 years for sexual assault

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    Edwin Portillo


An Addison man who repeatedly sexually assaulted a young girl and filmed her in the shower was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison.

Edwin Portillo, 22, of the 300 block of Army Trail Boulevard, pleaded guilty in September to charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child in exchange for prosecutors not seeking a sentence longer than 16 years.

Portillo had sexual contact with the girl, now 14, who was known to him. Prosecutors said the abuse took place "many, many times," from April 2008 through May 2012.

Prosecutors said Portillo "terrorized" the girl until she told a school counselor of the abuse, nearly four years after it began.

DuPage Children's Center Investigator Carmen Easton testified Portillo claimed to "be excited" by young girls the victim's age and could not control his urges despite knowing "it was wrong."

Portillo's attorney, Michael McMahon called Portillo "the most remorseful client" he has ever had, while seeking a six-year sentence.

"Your honor, I feel bad for what I did and I apologize to my family. I know I was wrong," Portillo told DuPage Judge Robert Kleeman. "I'll do anything to be a better man, whatever it takes to be better."

Kleeman said he considered Portillo's seemingly genuine remorse and lack of a criminal record, but also felt the sentence needed to be lengthy enough to "send a message."

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