An elderly Pekin man fearfully asked a pre-teen boy if he was going to go to prison for the rest of his life for luring the child into a sexual assault.
Jerry Riddle, 79, received his answer Monday when he was sentenced to 30 years in prison on two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under 13.
Riddle will serve four more years for violating the probation he received two years ago for aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a pre-teen girl. In all, he’s required to serve at least 27 years of his terms.
He pleaded guilty to the latest charges that were filed in August, two months after the boy revealed his assault to an individual who contacted police.
The boy told officers he met Riddle at the church both attended. Riddle eventually persuaded him to come to his apartment in the 300 block of Caroline Street for ice cream, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit. There he photographed, disrobed and sexually touched the boy.
In a text message sent to the boy’s cellphone later in May, Riddle said, “I’m sorry if I upset u. I’m just a lonely old man who thought he was going (sic) ice cream with a new friend and someone to talk to.”
Two days later, Riddle texted a plea for the boy to forgive him and asked, “Did you tell,” and “R u sending me to prison for the rest of my life.”
As part of his probation term, Riddle was required but failed to complete a polygraph, or lie detector test, about his prior sexual history.