Man gets 3½ years for sexually abusing a girl as she walked to school in the Loop

A Chicago man has been handed a 3½-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a teenage girl as she walked to school in the Loop earlier this year.

Mario Campos, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual abuse of a child between 13 and 17 years old on Monday, according to court records. Judge Neera Walsh oversaw the case.

Prosecutors said the assault occurred as the girl was walking to Jones College Preparatory High School, 700 South State, around 8 a.m. on January 27.

Campos allegedly approached the girl from behind and put his hand between her legs, touching her private parts through her leggings. He ran away as she turned around.

The victim and another student who saw the assault immediately informed school security officers with a description of the man. School administrators immediately contacted Chicago police.

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CPD officers reviewed school surveillance video, which showed Campos walking behind the girl and looking around before putting his hand between her legs just outside the school building, prosecutors said.

Based on the video, an officer radioed a description of the suspect to other patrol units. Cops arrested Campos about an hour later in the 600 block of South Dearborn.

State officials have not established Campos’ parole date. However, his sentence will be reduced by 50% for good behavior. He also earned 297 credit days while in the county jail.

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