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Man found guilty of sexually abusing three children in 2016

Massenburg was found guilty of seven counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault after a bench...
Massenburg was found guilty of seven counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault after a bench trial.(Winnebago County Sheriff's Office)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 4:59 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Eric Massenburg was found guilty of seven counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault after sexually abusing a minor child back in 2016.

On February 10, 2016, the Rockford City Police Department was notified of allegations that Eric Massenburg was sexually abusing a minor child. During the investigation and interviews at the Carrie Lynn Children’s Center, three children ranging in age from ten to thirteen years old disclosed repeated sexual assaults by the defendant over a period of years. Detectives obtained a video of the defendant that showed him sexually abusing one of the children.

Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault is a Class X felony punishable by 6 to 30 years in prison. However, the defendant faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole due to the fact that there were three minor victims.

The case is set for a sentencing hearing on July 27, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 217 of the Winnebago County Courthouse.

The Rockford City Police Department conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant State’s Attorneys Kirstin Krivanec and Alessandra Friend handled the prosecution.

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