Friday, August 7, 2009

Thomas Rinehart Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse

An eastern Illinois man already in prison for child sexual assault and child pornography convictions has pleaded guilty to molesting three young girls.

Thomas Rinehart of Coles County was sentenced to an additional 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Court officials say Rinehart admitted he abused the girls between November 2005 and September 2006. All three were younger than 13.

The 40-year-old Rinehart was already serving 38 years at Menard Correctional Center in southern Illinois after being convicted of child sexual assault and possession of child pornography in 2007.

Rinehart will serve the sentences consecutively.

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