Docket No. 108689.
THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, Appellee, v.
WILLIAM E. SARGENT, Appellant.
Opinion filed November 18, 2010.
JUSTICE KARMEIER delivered the judgment of the court, with
Chief Justice Kilbride and Justices Freeman, Thomas, Garman,
Burke, and Theis concurred in the judgment and opinion.
Following a jury trial in the circuit court of De Kalb County,
defendant, William Sargent, was convicted of predatory criminal
sexual assault involving J.W., his minor stepson. In the same
proceeding, he was also convicted of three counts of predatory
criminal sexual assault and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual
abuse involving J.W.’s younger brother, M.G.
On appeal, defendant argued that the circuit court committed
reversible error when it failed to tender to the jury an instruction
governing hearsay evidence as required by section 115–10(c) of the
Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 (725 ILCS 5/115–10(c) (West
2006)). Defendant further asserted that four of his convictions should
be reversed on the grounds that the State failed to offer proof of the
corpus delicti of the crimes. Finally, defendant claimed that seven-year