Perry gets 40 years in for sexual assault

Robert Blackford

On April 26, Mark J. Perry, 27, received a sentence of 40 years in prison  in Mercer County Circuit Court. Perry pled guilty to four counts including two Class X sexual assault charges with an individual unable to give known consent.

He will have to serve at least 85 percent of the sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections plus three years of supervised release.

The incident occurred Nov. 26, 2010.

The two other counts including unlawful failure to register as a sex offender, a Class 3 felony  and obstructing justice, a Class 4 felony.

Perry was  previously convicted on March 14, 2003 in Scott County, Iowa, of sexual abuse. Perry had registered in Rock Island County as a sex offender but failed to inform the Mercer County Sheriff within three days of moving to his last address in Lynn Center in September, 2010.

Perry also knowingly furnished false information to Deputy Anthony Baugh, false information regarding his registration as a sex offender.

Mercer County State's Attorney Gregory J. McHugh complimented Detective Dusty Terrill and Deputy Tony Baugh for their quick solving of these serious crimes.