Waukegan man received the maximum possible sentence for charges he faced related to the repeated sexual assault of a child.
Jeffrey Morrow, 41, was sentenced to 120 years in prison by Lake County Circuit Judge Patricia Fix.
Morrow was charged with 20 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault relating to repeated instances of sexual assault involving a boy who was 11 and 12 years old when the assaults took place, according to testimony during his trial.
He was convicted of the charges by a jury on Aug. 24 after being initially charged in November of 2015.
Each count is a Class X felony, and he was only sentenced on 12 of the counts, to be served at 10 years each, because 120 years is the maximum prison sentence he was eligible to receive, officials said.
Morrow is not eligible for good-time credit due restrictions involved with Class X charges, and will serve the entire sentence unless it is changed on appeal.
Assistant State's Attorney Jason Grindel said Morrow will be given credit for the more than 700 days he has spent in Lake County jail since his arrest.
According to Waukegan police at the time of the arrest, the investigation into the case began after a mother walked into the Waukegan Police Station to report that her child was having inappropriate online conversations with Morrow.
Evidence collected during a search warrant of Morrow's residence resulted in the charges, police said.
Defense attorneys Jeff Facklam and John Radosevich said the sentence would be appealed on grounds involving alleged insufficient evidence relating to some of the counts against Morrow. The public defenders had made a motion with regard to that issue before Fix, but it was denied.
Authorities said Morrow also still faces sex-related charges in Wisconsin as well.
Grindel said Morrow had a previous, unrelated conviction on sex charges. Waukegan police said he was convicted of a sex crime that took place in Zion in 1998.
Morrow has been held in Lake County jail on $1 million bail since his arrest. His bail was revoked following his conviction in August.
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