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16 1/2 years in prison for man in April sex assault

Nicholas Havermale
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 13, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Jul. 13, 2019 1:10 am

QUINCY -- A Payson man was sentenced to 161/2 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections Friday after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in April.

Nicholas A. Havermale, 30, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sexual assault and sentenced to eight years, three months for each count, but they will run separately. As part plea agreement, one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse was dismissed.

Havermale, 30, was arrested April 25 after the Quincy Police Department said officers were called to Blessing Hospital on a report of a possible sexual assault. After being treated for minor injuries, she was interviewed at the Child Advocacy Center where she made statements that she had been sexually assaulted by a family member at a home on Quincy's southwest side.

If the case had gone to trial, Adams County Assistant State's Attorney Anita Rodriguez said the victim would have testified that she arrived home after school when she heard a knock on the door. It was Havermale, who would stop by the house at times.

Rodriguez said the victim let Havermale in the house and went to was watch TV in her bedroom, when Havermale walked in and said he was "high on meth" and that he was "horny."

The victim told Havermale that she was 15 and he needed to find someone his own age.

Havermale sexually assaulted the victim and reportedly told her "please don't hate me" before he left.

Rodriguez said after Havermale was arrested near South Eighth and R.J. Peters Drive, he denied the incident, but submitted to a DNA swab.

She said the Illinois State Police Crime Lab compared his DNA to evidence collected and found that it matched within one in 4 octillion male profiles.

Rodriguez said the negotiated plea deal was in the best interest of the victim.

Judge Robert Adrian didn't agree with the prison sentence, though he concurred with the after hearing that the victim and her family agreed to the negotiated plea.

"The court doesn't really believe this is enough time given the factual basis," Adrian said.

Havermale must serve 85 percent of the sentence before he is eligible for parole. He received credit for 76 days already served in the Adams County Jail where he was held on $75,000 bond since his arrest.

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