Man pleads guilty in sexual assault of Elburn girls

A Wheaton man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two young girls in Elburn.

Francis G. Nolen, 34, of Box Elder Avenue in Wheaton, Ill., was sentenced to 25 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to one count of predatory criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony, and one count of criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony.

Associate Judge Leonard J. Wojtecki accepted the plea.

Between January 2007 and March 2008, Nolen had inappropriate sexual contact with two young girls he was babysitting in their Elburn homes. The incidents were at separate times in separate locations. The victims were younger than 13.

According to Illinois law, Nolen must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence. Upon his release from ICOD, Nolen must register for life as a predatory sexual offender.

Nolen was given credit for 392 days served in the Kane County Jail, where he had been held on $500,000 bail since his arrest.

The case was investigated by the Kane County Child Advocacy Center, and prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Christine Bayer.