Normal man sentenced to 18 years for criminal sexual assault

By WEEK Producer

January 29, 2014 Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 11:14 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- A Normal man is going to spend the next 18 years in prison for sexually assaulting an underage girl.

Alexander Beard, 33, was convicted in December. The jury returned with its verdict after only two hours of deliberations.

Beard was charged with four counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse of a victim under the age of 13 and one count of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a victim under the age of 13.

The charges stemmed from a series of incidents that happened between April and July.

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