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Manteno sex abuse case brings 5+ years prison term

An aggravated sexual abuse charge has landed a 22-year-old Bradley man in prison for more than five-years. Eric Wheeler pleaded guilty to punching and groping a woman he followed home.

The Daily-Journal reports Eric Wheeler received nearly the maximum penalty for the attack that left his victim needing surgery.

Circuit Court Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott said it was a vicious crime and she never considered any kind of supervised release. Wheeler faced between three and seven years for the aggravated sexual abuse charge.

The Journal reported, Elliott also noted that Wheeler admitted to a court-appointed psychologist that he intended to rape the woman but her screaming deterred him. The judge said the attack was "well-planned."

Wheeler also is facing charges for allegedly groping at least six women in Tennessee.

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