By CHELSEA McDOUGALL
WOODSTOCK – A Lake in the Hills man will spend the next three decades behind bars under a sentence issued Thursday for what a prosecutor described as “systematic” sexual abuse of two young family members.
Otto L. Bobadilla was sentenced to a total of 40 years, but he could be released in about 34 years. According to prosecutors, 48-year-old Bobadilla had sexual encounters with two female family members over a number of years.
The abuse began when the girls were 7 and 9 years old and happened at least three times a week. One of the girls alerted authorities after a class presentation, Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Zalud said.
That class presentation was a function of Erin's Law. Illinois is Erin's home state and the first to adopt Erin's Law.
Bobadilla later made admissions to Lake in the Hills police.
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Zalud called him an “absolute horror of a human being.”
“He used them like sex toys,” Zalud said. “… It boils the blood to speak about.”
Zalud said Bobadilla in a sex offender evaluation blamed the two girls for “coming on to him.”
Bobadilla’s attorney Assistant Public Defender Rick Behof said Bobadilla didn’t mean that, and it “couldn’t be further from the truth.”
“Ever since I first met Mr. Bobadilla, not one time did he blame [the victims],” Behof said, later pointing out that his client took responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty.
The sentence was issued by McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather.
“You probably caused irreparable damage to those girls,” Prather said.
It was the third significant sentence Prather handed out in the past two weeks on unrelated sex cases. On April 9, Jeffrey Vesely was sentenced to 38 years in prison, and Sandro Gomez to 22 years. Bobadilla’s 40-year sentence brings the total to 100 years.
Good job Judge Prather, you're my hero today. Erin Merryn is my hero of the decade.