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Sugar Grove man convicted of sexually assaulting foster child in 2004

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  • Noel F. Buhay faces up to 90 years in prison when sentenced June 2.

    Noel F. Buhay faces up to 90 years in prison when sentenced June 2.

 
 

A Sugar Grove man faces 18 to 90 years in prison after his conviction late Friday of three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child he knew from January 2004 to May 2004.

A Kane County jury deliberated for about 4½ hours before convicting Noel F. Buhay, 49, of assaulting a foster child, now 23, who lived with Buhay.

Buhay, of the 1100 block of Door Drive, faces six to 30 years on each of the felony counts along with consecutive sentences on each when sentenced June 2 by Kane County Judge D.J. Tegeler.

Buhay was found not guilty of indecent solicitation of a child, also a felony, because prosecutors did not file the charge against Buhay within the statute of limitations.

The Kane County Child Advocacy Center and Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigated the case.

Authorities charged Buhay in January 2013 with assaulting and abusing the boy, according to court records.

Buhay must serve 85 percent of his sentence and register as a sex offender for life.

He had been free on bond, but it was revoked after the jury's guilty verdict.

Buhay also was charged in March 2014 in a second case of sexually assaulting and abusing a child younger than 13 that he knew from December 2005 through December 2008.

A trial date for that has not been set.

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