A man who formerly lived on Naperville’s west side has been convicted for the second time of sexually abusing and taking lewd photographs of a young male relative five years ago.
Grant W. V. Gambaiani, 30, at the time of the crimes lived on the 1500 block of Watkins Lane, in the Grand Reserve of Naperville apartment complex. He is being held without bail in DuPage County Jail in Wheaton.
A DuPage County Circuit Court jury deliberated for three and a half hours Monday afternoon before declaring Gambaiani guilty of 22 charges that included predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, said Paul Darrah, spokesman for State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin.
Authorities accused Gambaiani of abusing a then-10-year-old relative between March 1 and June 6, 2008. He sexually assaulted the boy “at various locations, including on at least one occasion during a family outing in Ohio,” Darrah said Monday night in a news release.
Gambaiani also showed the boy images of child pornography, “and took pornographic photos of him as well,” Darrah said.
A grand jury in July 2008 indicted Gambaiani on six charges. That total eventually rose to 22 counts.
Gambaiani was first convicted by a jury on May 5, 2010. He was sentenced that September to 43 years in prison.
But a Second District Illinois Appellate Court panel on June 21, 2012 overturned Gambaiani’s conviction and set aside his sentence. The judges declared 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.
Darrah said jurors on Monday found Gambaiani guilty of three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, three counts of aggravated child pornography, 14 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of manufacture of child pornography.
Berlin said Gambaiani repeatedly abused the boy “to satisfy his deviant desires.”
“He stole this young boy’s innocence ... (and) violated the trust placed in him by his victim’s family,” Berlin said. “He violated the trust placed in him by the victim, and he violated (him) in the worst possible way.”
Berlin expressed his thanks to Naperville police and DuPage County Children’s Center investigators Bob Holguin and Carmen Easton for their work on the case. He also saluted Assistant State’s Attorneys Joe Ruggiero and Vincenza LaMonica, who prosecuted Gambaiani.
Judge Daniel P. Guerin, who presided over both of Gambaiani’s trials, continued the matter to Nov. 6, when post-trial motions are expected to be made.