CHARLESTON -- Sex offender treatment and jail time were included in the sentence for a woman who admitted molesting a boy while baby-sitting him last year.
Those requirements were part of the four-year probation sentence Haleigh N. Leffingwell received after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Leffingwell, 22, for whom court records list an address in the Lakeland Estates mobile home park at 4808 Paradise Road, was accused of fondling the boy in July, when he was 6 years old.
The four-year probation sentence was the maximum probation term possible for the conviction. It could also have resulted in a prison sentence of three to seven years.
As part of her probation, Leffingwell was ordered to receive an evaluation for sex offender treatment. She must also be evaluated for substance abuse treatment and other counseling and follow both evaluations' recommendations.
The sentence also included two weeks in jail. The total jail time ordered came to about six months but the rest of it was stayed, meaning any part of it could be ordered later as a sanction in case of probation requirement violations.
Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien also ordered payment of about $1,000 in fines and court fees as part of the sentence.
The judge sentenced Leffingwell by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher and Assistant Public Defender Jesse Danley recommended.
According to records her case, Leffingwell admitted the sexual contact to the boy's mother and to police.
The boy's mother notified police after Leffingwell told her about the incident, and authorities then questioned the boy about it, the records say.
The boy then said Leffingwell fondled him while she was babysitting him at the boy's Mattoon home and it took place while he was on a bed along with his 5-year-old sister, according to records.