Erin's Law Helps Child Come Forward About Sexual Assault, Bring Abuser Closer To Justice

Jim Gudas
March 05, 2020 - 8:20 am
Luis-Alberto Najera-Ayala

Kane County state's attorney's office

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ELGIN (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Kane County prosecutors say a man accused of sexually abusing a child for years has been arrested, thanks to a program required in Illinois schools. 

Erin’s Law requires public schools in Illinois to teach all students a prevention-oriented sexual abuse and personal safety program.

Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said the girl, who is younger than 13, heard such a presentation and revealed that she had been sexually abused by a 45-year-old man she knows.

McMahon said this case shows the value of Erin's Law.

"So often, child victims are being abused by somebody who they know and trust," he said. "So Erin's Law requires public schools to teach children really the difference between what would be an acceptible touch and what's not normal."

McMahon said Luis Alberto Najera-Ayala, 45, of Elgin sexually assaulted the girl several times between January 2017 and last month.

McMahon has charged Najera-Ayala with seven counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. He was held on $1 million bond.

Najera-Ayala is due back in court March 11. McMahon said if Najera-Ayala is convicted, he faces a prison term of up to 210 years and would have to register for life as a sex offender.