Cleared Of Sex Abuse Charges 4 Years Ago, Man Pleads Guilty To Same Crime

JOLIET, Ill. (STMW) – A far southwest suburban man pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl, four years after a jury found him not guilty of the same crime.

Peter A. Ventsias, 55, of Braidwood, had been set to go on trial this week. He instead agreed to let prosecutors re-charge him with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and entered the blind plea. Judge Richard Schoenstedt set an April 4 sentencing date.

Ventsias was originally charged in 2006 for the abuse that prosecutors said took place in August 2005. A jury found him guilty of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child in December 2007, but it acquitted him of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to court records. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

The Illinois Appellate Court overturned the verdict in November 2009 and sent the case back to Will County for a new trial.

Ventsias’ victim would likely recant her accusation if returned to the witness stand, prosecutors told Schoenstedt. However, they said they’d be able to play a taped statement and refer to her previous testimony to prove their case.

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  • Afro

    Woman Dragged From Car, Sexually Assaulted On Southwest Side

    They won’t take comments for this one so I’m posting in here.

    Like I said before I can give you a description of the guy. BLAAAAAAAAAAACK

    • Bodacious B

      got that right!

  • Hoth Industries

    Afro, the only thing you are: prolific. prooooolifffffic.

    • Afro

      @Hoth Industries

      Afro, the only thing you are: prolific. prooooolifffffic <—-Incomplete sentence structure I will take the liberty to finish this incomplete thought for you.

      Afro you are very prolific (highly productive) commentator.

  • S

    I’m a firm supporter of the death penalty, but sometimes it isn’t severe enough. This guy should be force fed his own genitals while being gang raped sans lube.

  • Centurion

    Will County! So Typical! Also the area and courts that have Craig Stebic, Drew Peterson, Ray Nugent, and of course…the idiot cops from the Riley Fox case

    • Joe

      Craig Stebic and Drew Petersen are bad examples. Stebic is innocent and Petersen hasn’t been tried yet. He will most likely walk, due to ZERO evidence against him.

  • missy

    Woman – dragged – carjack – must admit, sounds black to me. We should have 2 licenses in this country, one for those who can drive, and one for monkeys.

  • Afro

    Interesting. This story is about a guy named Peter (probably WHITE) who sexually molests an 8yr old and you clowns are more concerned with race baiting than you are the poor girl.

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