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Crime & Courts

Failure to register as sex offender leads to 5-year prison sentence

Lynch was convicted in 2015 rape of teen but repeatedly dodged registration

Cody P. Lynch, 22
Cody P. Lynch, 22

SYCAMORE – A former Sycamore man convicted of the 2015 rape of a teen girl has had his sentence of probation revoked in favor of a five-year prison term.

Cody P. Lynch, 22, a former Sycamore High School student, was charged with rape of a 13-year-old in April 2015 and eventually sentenced to four years probation.

He’s since failed multiple times to register as a sex offender, and DeKalb County Judge Philip Montgomery on Thursday sentenced him to prison.

In August 2016, Lynch pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sex abuse in the incident. In November 2016, Chief Judge Robbin Stuckert sentenced Lynch to four years' probation, and ordered he undergo sex offender treatment, not have any contact with children, and register as a sex offender for life.

According to a previous Daily Chronicle report, prosecutors dropped a more serious sexual assault charge in exchange for Lynch’s guilty plea. At that time, prosecutors also dropped a misdemeanor case involving another girl and said they would not press charges in two other cases, records show.

Stuckert said during sentencing in 2016 that sending Lynch to prison would do nothing to rehabilitate him because he wouldn't be able to get sex offender treatment there. She said probation would enable him to get treatment, which was what the victim in the case wanted.

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