Gillis L. Martin – Despicable Child Molester gets 24 years

Calling his crimes the most despicable imaginable, a McHenry County judge today sentenced a Mount Prospect man to 24 years in prison for repeatedly raping a boy over a nine-year period starting about the time the victim was entering grade school.

The sentence is in addition to a 12-year-term Gillis L. Martin, 41, already is serving out of Cook County involving similar allegations and the same victim, meaning he will spend about 30 years behind bars before becoming eligible for parole.

Martin pleaded guilty in July to two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault stemming from the allegations that surfaced late last year when the victim, then 15, raised the claims with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The report prompted an investigation by Woodstock police, eventually leading to an indictment accusing Martin of 13 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault.

“I cannot imagine any more despicable conduct than what you have engaged in,” Judge Sharon Prather said while handing down the sentence. “I can’t think of anything worse.”

Martin also is serving a seven-year term on his conviction earlier this year on an aggravated criminal sexual abuse charge alleging he had sexual relations with a 14-year-old female friend of his male victim.

Those allegations arose last September, a Cook County Sheriff’s sergeant said, when a patrol deputy found Martin and the girl alone in a car parked at the Busse Woods North Forest Preserve.

Martin, in a brief statement to the court today, blamed his behavior on his battle with drug addiction.

“I would have never done it if I wasn’t on drugs,” he said. “I’m not using it as an excuse, but things happened that shouldn’t have happened.”

Prosecutors, however, said there was no excuse for Martin’s actions.

“The defendant’s crimes are cruel,” Assistant McHenry County State’s Attorney Ryan Blackney said. “This defendant robbed (the victim) of his childhood.”

Gillis L. Martin – Despicable Child Molester gets 24 years

Calling his crimes the most despicable imaginable, a McHenry County judge today sentenced a Mount Prospect man to 24 years in prison for repeatedly raping a boy over a nine-year period starting about the time the victim was entering grade school.

The sentence is in addition to a 12-year-term Gillis L. Martin, 41, already is serving out of Cook County involving similar allegations and the same victim, meaning he will spend about 30 years behind bars before becoming eligible for parole.

Martin pleaded guilty in July to two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault stemming from the allegations that surfaced late last year when the victim, then 15, raised the claims with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The report prompted an investigation by Woodstock police, eventually leading to an indictment accusing Martin of 13 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault.

“I cannot imagine any more despicable conduct than what you have engaged in,” Judge Sharon Prather said while handing down the sentence. “I can’t think of anything worse.”

Martin also is serving a seven-year term on his conviction earlier this year on an aggravated criminal sexual abuse charge alleging he had sexual relations with a 14-year-old female friend of his male victim.

Those allegations arose last September, a Cook County Sheriff’s sergeant said, when a patrol deputy found Martin and the girl alone in a car parked at the Busse Woods North Forest Preserve.

Martin, in a brief statement to the court today, blamed his behavior on his battle with drug addiction.

“I would have never done it if I wasn’t on drugs,” he said. “I’m not using it as an excuse, but things happened that shouldn’t have happened.”

Prosecutors, however, said there was no excuse for Martin’s actions.

“The defendant’s crimes are cruel,” Assistant McHenry County State’s Attorney Ryan Blackney said. “This defendant robbed (the victim) of his childhood.”

Keith Albert Beattie – Repeat Sex Offender Indefinite detention

A LONG-term predator of young boys created a legal nightmare when he appeared for the ninth time on child sex charges in a Brisbane court today.

Keith Albert Beattie, 66, was the first offender being detained on a Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders Act) 2003 indefinite detention order to appear on historical charges.

He was sentenced in November 1997 to nine years’ jail after pleading guilty to maintaining an unlawful relationship of a sexual nature with a child under 16 years.

Beattie was ordered into indefinite detention in October 2006 after completing all of the nine years.

However, he pleaded guilty today to sodomy and indecent treatment of a child under 16 charges, relating to a period from November 1995 to February 1996.

The sentence created a headache for Judge Michael Shanahan because he had to take into account principles of totality and delay, the fact Beattie was already being held indefinitely, that Beattie would get no parole on any sentence he imposed and Beattie had to get a benefit from an early plea.

Barrister Jeff Hunter, for Beattie, said the charges had not come to light until much later when the boy, now 27, saw Beattie in jail when they were both at the same centre.

Mr Hunter said the sentence was very difficult because Beattie was still under the indefinite sentence regime which was yet to have its 12 months review.

“And to really confuse things there is a warrant for him in NSW where he owes 18 months on other charges,” he said.

Judge Shanahan said had the judge known of today’s charges back in 1997 he would have imposed an extra two years at 11 years.

However he said there was no chance Beattie would get parole, and had served six months on remand for today’s offences which could not be counted as already spent on remand.

Judge Shanahan said he would therefore impose a 12-month sentence.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte