Former fire captain sentenced for sexual assault of 5-year-old girl

By WEEK Producer

October 26, 2012 Updated Oct 28, 2013 at 11:03 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A former Peoria Fire Captain has been sentenced to prison for the sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl.

Sixty-five-year-old Robert Kneer was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison.

Judge Steve Kouri handed down the sentence under an agreement reached in July.

Kneer pleaded guilty to assaulting the 5-year-old girl, but published reports say he plans to file a motion to withdraw his plea.

In a videotaped confession to detectives shown in court, Kneer said he engaged in more than six incidents of sexual conduct with the girl.

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