Wheaton man and former deacon who authorities said sexually assaulted a girl repeatedly over a decade was sentenced Friday to 34 years in prison.
Timothy J. Peltz, 52, had pleaded guilty this year to four counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under 13. He said at his Friday sentencing hearing those were only four counts of which he was guilty.
However, prosecutors contended that he had abused and assaulted the victim starting when she was only 3 years old. And the victim, now a teenager, told Peltz in her victim impact statement that she hoped he would never be released from prison.
"I am finally free of the bondage you chained me in," she told Peltz.
The girl has suffered damaging psychological effects from Peltz's crimes, prosecutors said
Peltz had been a deacon at a small Bible church in Roselle, and the victim said Peltz had "fooled everyone" in the congregation.
By law, Peltz faced mandatory sentences on each of the counts and could have faced anywhere from 24 to 240 years in prison. Prosecutors asked for 64 total years, with DuPage County Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Lindt saying Peltz's acts constituted a "breathtaking level of evil."
Judge John Kinsella sentenced Peltz, who had no prior criminal record, to 8 1/2 years on each count. By law, Peltz must serve 85 percent of his sentence, about 30 years of time in prison, before he is eligible for parole.