ST. CHARLES, Ill. (STMW) — A west suburban man charged with molesting four children 13 and younger was sentenced to more than eight years in prison after pleading guilty to the attacks on Friday.

James R. Thompson, 63, of the 100 block of Blackhawk Street in Aurora, agreed to a plea deal in which he pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual assault and three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to prosecutors.

Circuit Judge M. Karen Simpson accepted the plea and imposed a sentence of eight years and three months, a news release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office said.

Between 1993 and 2008, Thompson had sexual contact with four children who were 6, 10, 11 and 13 at the time, the release said. Thompson befriended the families of the children and was in a position of trust when he would molest them.

In August 2008, Thompson was charged with having sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy between 2004 and 2008, but after he was charged, authorities became aware of the three other victims.

The sentence breaks down as eight years and three months for criminal sexual assault, and three years each on the aggravated abuse charges, with the sentences to be served concurrently. In addition, Thompson must register for life as a convicted sex offender, the release said.

By law, he must serve 85 percent of the sentence before being eligible for parole. He had been free on $7,500 bond, which was revoked upon conviction.

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