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Plainfield man gets 10 years for abusing Yorkville boy

Updated: October 17, 2012 6:30AM

YORKVILLE — A Plainfield man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he admitted that he sexually assaulted a teenage family member.

Paul Houser, 48, of the 4000 block of Westhill Circle, pleaded guilty Thursday in Kendall County Court to a charge of criminal sexual assault. According to prosecutors, he admitted he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy between Jan. 1, 2001, and May 1, 2001, while the victim lived in Yorkville. Houser was arrested at his home in March and charged with criminal sexual assault more than a decade after the abuse occurred.

According to prosecutors, in a recorded phone call, Houser admitted to abusing the boy.

“I’m sorry for making you do those things,” Houser said, according to prosecutors. “I’m sorry for molesting you. I’m sorry for touching you.”

The victim is now an adult who is haunted by the abuse, according to a victim impact statement read in court.

“I’m not the first victim of Paul’s and quite frankly I’m not sure I’m the last,” he said. “I had moved on, but I was unable to forget.”

In the victim impact statement, the victim said that before the abuse started, he had been a straight-A student. Afterward, he started getting Ds and Fs. As a boy, he stopped brushing his teeth, thinking that might dissuade Houser from abusing him. That led to a series of dental problems, including four broken teeth that still cause him pain — and remind him of other pain - every time he eats. He has not been able to afford to get the teeth fixed, prosecutors said.

Even as an adult, the victim couldn’t sleep more than four hours a night. He started drinking and smoking to deal with the stress. The abuse skewed his views on relationships and caused rifts in his family.

It wasn’t until he had his own daughter that the victim had the strength to speak up, according to prosecutors.

Houser had been facing up to 15 years in prison if convicted of all four counts of criminal sexual assault. Three other counts were dropped when he pleaded guilty. He will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.

Houser previously served six years in prison on a North Carolina sex abuse case, prosecutors said.

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