Author Hannah Leone
Alfredo Pedraza Arias was sentenced to 205 days in county jail with credit for time served after his guilty plea. With credit for time already spent in jail, Arias was set to be released Saturday morning, Attorney David Camic said.
Kane County jail records showed Arias was released as scheduled on Saturday at 7:07 a.m., and, Kane County Sheriff spokesman Lt. Patrick Gengler confirmed that he was released to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities.
“We made this decision after a through analysis of the evidence, communication with the victims’ families and assurances that the defendant would be removed from the United States,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said through a spokesman Friday afternoon.
Arias, now 51, lost his temporary religious worker visa after he was charged with sexually abusing two girls at Sacred Heart Church in Aurora and at one of the girls’ homes between 2012 and 2014. Arias had previously pleaded not guilty to a five-count indictment.
On Friday, he pleaded guilty to battery, a class A misdemeanor, in a deal that explicitly does not require him to register as a sex offender, though it does put him on sex offender probation for 24 months and stipulates he would have to comply with a sex offender evaluation and treatment, if so ordered.
Kane County Circuit Judge Linda Abrahamson, who has been presiding over the case, accepted the plea. Court documents related to the deal were not available Friday, but both the State’s Attorney’s Office and Camic confirmed the details. Camic said he suggested a plea about a week ago, and the parties agreed on Wednesday.
Without the guilty plea, Camic said it appeared certain the trial would have been continued again “because we were about to file some additional pretrial motions.”
Camic said the plea is supported by the facts in the case, and that Arias “did not commit a criminal sexual offense.”
Arias, who was also assigned $410 in costs, is to have no contact with either victim or their immediate family members.