UPDATE: A Rockford man who is already serving time for traveling to California to have sex with a minor gets sentenced on federal charges.
Donald Trotter, 58, was sentenced on Tuesday to seven years in federal prison and he must pay a $25,000 fine.
Trotter was convicted of having a a sexual relationship with the 13 year-old girl during the summer of 2009. The victim was found with Trotter in an apartment in Long Beach, California. During the trial Trotter's wife testified that he met the victim in the winter of 2008 while working the soundbooth for Rockford's Youth Theatre Project.
Trotter was convicted in August of 2011 on state charges, including three counts of criminal sexual assault and one county of child abduction. He is currently serving a 45 year prison sentence. Following his released from state prison, Trotter will serve 48-months of his 84-month federal sentence. He will not be eligible for parole on his federal sentence.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato announced today that Donald Trotter (DOB: 05/24/1955) was found guilty yesterday for the offense of 3 Counts of Criminal Sexual Assault, 4 Counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, 1 Count of Child Abduction and 1 Count of Unlawful Sending of a Public Conveyance Travel Ticket to a Minor after a jury trial in front of the Honorable Judge Joseph McGraw.
On August 2, 2009, Rockford City Police Department was informed that a 13 year old was a runaway. After an investigation, the 13 year old was found in an apartment in Long Beach, California with the defendant. The defendant and 13 year old met in connection with theater productions through Christian Youth Theater (CYT) and Children’s Theater Project/Youth Theater Project (CTP/YTP). From June 1, 2009 to August 1, 2009, 13 year old and the defendant engaged in a sexual relationship.
Criminal Sexual Abuse is a Class 1 Felony with a sentencing range of 4-15 years each, consecutive to each other, at 85% in the Illinois Department of Corrections and lifetime registration. Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse is a Class 2 Felony with a sentencing range of 3-7 years each, concurrent in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Child Abduction is a Class 4 Felony with a sentencing range of 1-3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Unlawful Sending of a Public Conveyance Travel Ticket to a Minor is a Class A.
Sentencing is scheduled for October 21, 2011 at 1:30 in Courtroom 467 with the Honorable Judge Joseph McGraw.