EDWARDSVILLE — A Troy man will spend at least 27 years in prison following his conviction and sentencing on sexual assault and abuse charges.
David Hahs, 66, was found guilty by a jury on March 4 of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse following a two-day trial in Edwardsville.
During the trial, jurors heard testimony from several witnesses, including the 6-year-old victim who testified about the abuse at Hahs’ hands when she was in his care. The abuse occurred January 2011 through October 2013. The jury deliberated less than 45 minutes before returning with a guilty verdict.
Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli sentenced Hahs to 15 years each on the two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child (Class X felony). Hahs will be required to serve 85 percent of the sentences, which will run consecutively. He was also sentenced to five years each on the two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse (Class 2 felony) charges. Those sentences will run concurrently to one another; however, Hahs will not begin serving time on those until he serves the required time for the predatory sexual assault charges. Hahs is required to serve at least 50 percent on the Class 2 felony convictions. Once released, Hahs will be required to register as a sex offender for his lifetime.
Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons commended the work of not only his prosecutors in the Children’s Justice Division, Assistant State’s Attorneys Kathleen Nolan and Lauren Heischmidt, but everyone else involved in bringing justice to the young victim.
“We had a little girl who was brave enough to come forward,” Gibbons said. “This is yet another example showing how important our Child Advocacy Center is in giving kids a voice in our criminal justice system. Our success in the courtroom should give hope to victims who may be suffering in silence. We want you to come forward and know that we will seek justice for you in Madison County.”
Gibbons also thanked the jurors for their service, the Troy Police Department, medical personal and the family of our victim.