JOLIET MAN GETS 84-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE FOR SEX CRIMES
October 18, 2019
JOLIET — Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow issued a press release announcing that 36-year-old Anthony Creasy of Joliet was sentenced on Thursday to 84 years in prison for repeated acts of predatory sexual assault of a girl under the age of 13. The crimes occurred in the girl's home over a period of several years beginning when she was approximately 8 years old, prosecutors said.
"Anthony Creasy is a morally bankrupt, craven coward who savagely preyed upon a young child during her most tender years," Glasgow said. "The abject horror that this girl suffered on a daily basis as a result of the depraved conduct of this soulless predator is unimaginable. He deserves the decades he will spend in a cold prison cell, but unfortunately no punishment can restore the innocence and trust he stole from his young victim."
Anthony Creasy was the boyfriend of the girl's mother during the lengthy duration of the repeated sexual assaults, prosecutors said. In 2017, a television station in Wisconsin reported that Creasy was accused of molesting two girls, one in Wisconsin and the other in Illinois. The station reported that in the Wisconsin case Creasy was accused of offering the girl gummy bears to entice her to perform oral sex.
Last December, a Will County jury found Creasy guilty on four counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under the age of 13, a Class X felony, after deliberating for just 70 minutes. Creasy was sentenced by Circuit Judge Daniel Kennedy to 21 years on each count, to be served consecutively. As part of his sentence, Creasy must register for the rest of his life as a sex offender.
Although Will County Jail and court records listed Creasy as being a resident of Coon Valley, Wisconsin, he lived on Joliet's near west side, on Elizabeth Street.
"I commend this girl's incredible courage in reporting her abuse in order to protect another innocent young girl," Glasgow said in a press release. "Her testimony describing the unique piercings on Creasy in his private area and providing details of Creasy's repeated sexual assaults upon her sealed his fate, and helped to shine a bright light on the truly horrific nature of predatory sexual assault of a child. The victim impact statement read by the victim at sentencing as she stared into the eyes of the defendant sums it up: 'Anthony, you did not break me. You tried to hide my voice, but I found it. And now it is time for you to pay for your actions, not me.'"
Glasgow commended the Will County Children's Advocacy Center's Multi-Disciplinary Team involved in the case, including Assistant State's Attorneys Jeff Brown and Kelly Tebo, Joliet Police Department Detective Shawn Filipiak, Forensic Interviewer Jackie Lundquist, and Victim Witness Advocate Danette Pasdertz for their dedication and commitment. The Will County Children's Advocacy Center was created by Glasgow in 1995 to provide hope, healing, and justice to sexually abused children and non-offending family members.
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