WAS AN IT PROFESSIONAL MAKING $100K A YEAR
By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2018 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) – Filipino American Noel F. Buhay, already serving a 45-year sentence, is facing his second lengthy prison when he was found guilty Tuesday for predatory criminal sexual
assault of a child, Class X felony, eight counts and aggravated criminal sexual abuse, Class 2, one count.
Buhay, 51, was to stand trial starting Monday when he waived his right to a jury trial and Kane County Circuit Judge Donald M. Tegeler, Jr. in the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles, Illinois found him guilty of the two sexual assault charges leveled against him.
Judge Tegeler set Buhay's next court appearance on Jan. 25, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. for motions and sentencing. He faces a minimum sentence of 51 years' imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The sentence would be served consecutively with his 45-year sentence he started serving since March 17, 2017 after being convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, Class X felony, three counts. In that case, Buhay between Jan. 2004 and May 2004 sexually assaulted a foster child who was living with his family.
At the court hearing Tuesday, Kane County Assistant State's Attorneys Lori Schmidt and Andrew Leuchtmann presented evidence that between Dec. 2005 and Dec. 2008, Buhay sexually assaulted the victim, whom Buhay knew. The abuse started when the victim was younger than 13 years old.
Buhay will also be required to register for life as a sexual offender in accordance with the Illinois Sexual Offender Registration Act.
The Kane County Child Advocacy Center investigated the case.
“Noel Buhay is a child predator who has exploited young people who should have been able to trust him. Both of these victims played important roles in this defendant being found guilty in that they truthfully told their story and trusted the criminal justice system to work for them. This conviction assures that Noel Buhay will never again be able to harm children. Excellent work by ASAs Schmidt and Leuchtmann,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said.
In the pending case, Buhay, who was making $100,000 a year in his job as an Information Technology (IT) professional, was charged by the Grand Jury with 27 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and other related offenses against a second victim for the crime that was committed between Dec. 8, 2005 and Dec. 8, 2008.
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