An Anna man has been sentenced to to time in an Illinois prison for aggravated sexual abuse.

According to a news release from Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds' office, Edward L. Whitford, 44, was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to one count of aggravated sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony.

The release states that in February, Whitford committed an act of sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 13. He was arrested in September after an investigation by the Illinois State Police.

Whitford will also serve two years of mandatory supervised release and must register as a sex offender for life.

— The Southern

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Isaac Smith is a reporter covering Franklin, Perry and Saline counties.

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