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Ex-Naperville man gets 34 years in child sex case

A former Naperville resident who was tried and convicted twice of sexually abusing and taking lewd photographs of a 10-year-old boy was sentenced Friday to 34 years in prison.

Grant W. V. Gambiani had his first conviction overturned in 2012 on appeal. He was found guilty again last fall of three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, three counts of aggravated child pornography and 15 counts of child pornography.

DuPage County Circuit Court Judge Daniel P. Guerin, who presided over Gambiani’s trial and retrial, imposed Friday’s prison term. Gambiani, by law, will be required to serve 85 percent of the 34-year sentence — or 28.9 years — before being considered for parole.

Gambiani, at the time of the crimes, was living on the 1500 block of Watkins Lane, in the Grand Reserve of Naperville apartments on Naperville’s west side. The assaults occurred between March 1 and June 6, 2008, and involved one of Gambiani’s relatives, a boy from Ohio.

Paul Darrah, spokesman for State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin, said Gambiani abused the boy “at various locations, including on at least one occasion during a family outing in Ohio.” He also showed the boy images of child pornography, “and took pornographic photos of him as well,” Darrah said.

A jury on May 5, 2010 declared Gambiani guilty in the case. But a Second District Illinois Appellate Court panel on June 21, 2012 overturned the conviction and set aside Gambiani’s sentence.

Those judges ruled prosecutors had failed, in a timely manner, to reveal the fact that investigators who searched the boy’s bedroom following the assaults found no DNA or other evidence of sexual abuse having occurred there. They then sent the case back to Guerin.

A second jury on Oct. 7 found Gambiani guilty in the case.

“Time and time again, Mr. Gambiani sexually assaulted his 10-year-old victim to satisfy his deviant desires,” Berlin said Friday in a written statement. “He stole this young boy’s innocence ... (and) violated the trust placed in him by his victim’s family.”

“He violated the trust placed in him by the victim, and he violated his victim in the worst possible way.”

Berlin offered his thanks to Naperville police; DuPage County Children’s Center investigators Bob Holguin and Carmen Easton; and two of his lieutenants, assistant state’s attorneys Joe Ruggiero and Vincenza LaMonica, “for their efforts in this case.”

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