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    WANTED! Fugitive Convicted In Absentia For Sexually Assaulting Two Children; Faces Mandatory Life Sentence

    For almost a decade, 47-year-old José Arellano of Aurora sexually assaulted two young women that he knew and were under the age of the 13.

    Arellano posted a $30,000 bond on July 6, 2020 and was last seen Dec. 8, 2021, when he appeared remotely for a hearing. When he failed to appear for the next hearing, March 29, 2022, Judge Salvatore LoPiccolo issued a warrant for his arrest. He remains at large.

    Arellano was convicted by a Kane County jury yesterday of the following offenses:

    • Predatory criminal sexual assault, Class X felony, 4 counts
    • Aggravated criminal sexual abuse, Class 2 felony, 4 counts

    Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Stacey Wittman and Morgan Wilkinson presented evidence that, between September 2010 and May 2020, Arellano sexually assaulted two victim/survivors. Arellano knew the victims, both of whom were younger than 13 years old.

    “These victims showed so much courage during this process, from disclosing the abuse to their mother, throughout the investigation and during their testimony on the witness stand,” said Wittman after the conviction. “They were very brave given all they have been through. I am pleased to have been able to give them justice.”

    Judge LoPiccolo set Arellano’s next court appearance for 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 18, 2022, in Courtroom 211 at the Kane County Judicial Center for motions and sentencing. Arellano faces a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections because he has been found guilty of sexually assaulting multiple children younger than 13.

    In addition to the prison term, Arellano must register for life as a sexual offender in accordance with the Illinois Sexual Offender Registration Act.

    Anyone with information about Arellano should call the Kane County Child Advocacy Center at (630) 208-5160 or 911.

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