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Man gets 8 year prison sentence for sexually assaulting developmentally disabled woman

A northwest suburban St. Charles man was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday for sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled woman in June 2012.

Gary Kluber, 67, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual assault for forcibly fondling and performing an unwanted sex act. According to prosecutors, the 35-year-old victim functions at the level of an 8-year-old child.

Prosecutor Pam Monaco said the victim trusted Kluber, which took place at a St. Charles residence.

“The defendant’s actions are unforgivable,” Monaco said, asking Kane County Judge John Barsanti for the maximum sentence of 15 years. “[Kluber] knew [the victim] was developmentally disabled, yet he took advantage of her. There is no mitigation to compensate for these actions and what he did.”

Kluber faced between four and 15 years in prison for his crime, and has previous sex abuse arrests stemming from the late 1980s, which landed him on the sex offender registry. He was arrested in 2010 for illegally being in a school zone, records show.

On Tuesday, during his sentencing, Kluber told the judge that he was “lonely and mildly depressed” following the death of his wife and just prior to the crime.

“I’m sorry for everything I did,” he said. “I don’t know what to tell you.”

Several witnesses, including Kluber’s son, spoke on the man’s behalf. They offered up Kluber as a church-going man, who was quick to volunteer, and took care of his son who is affected by cerebral palsy.

Those who knew him said they were “shocked” after learning of Kluber’s arrest. Kluber was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, and was a volunteer at his church.

Kluber’s defense attorney told the judge that Kluber went to church to ask for forgiveness following the crime, and asked police for psychological help in understanding why he had assaulted the woman.

Kluber told the judge he had lost his wife, his job, his home, and several family members, which left him in a state of depression.

Monaco, who called Kluber’s actions depraved, pointed out that Kluber had a record of assaulting female victims that went back decades.

“Clearly the defendant has not been a law-abiding citizen,” she said.

Kluber must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.

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