EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A 66-year-old southwestern Illinois man has been convicted of molesting a preschool-aged girl.
The Telegraph reports Madison County jurors deliberated 45 minutes Thursday before finding Harvey Simington guilty of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
The South Roxana man told investigators in a taped interview played for jurors Wednesday that the victim, then 4, initiated the incident.
Assistant State's Attorney Amy Gabriel called that explanation preposterous.
Authorities say the abuse took place in early 2011 and surfaced about a year later.
The girl, now 6, is in foster care.