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Sex offender given 15 years in prison for assaulting 4-year-old on CTA bus

A convicted sex offender was sentenced to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl on a CTA bus shortly after he completed required weekly registration with Chicago police.

Judex Colon, 34, admitted fondling and sexually assaulting the victim in January 2015 while on a northbound CTA bus.

Judge Thomas Byrne sentenced Colon to 12 years in prison for predatory criminal sex assault of a victim under age 13 as well as a consecutive three-year prison term for aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

He has been held without bond since his arrest nearly 2 1/2 years ago.

Cook County prosecutors have said that Colon boarded a CTA bus outside police headquarters and fondled and assaulted the child under her clothes while she sat with her mother and brother. The girl told her mother what had happened when they arrived home, according to prosecutors.

Surveillance video and Colon's Ventra card corroborated the child's account, according to prosecutors.

Colon admitted fondling and sexually assaulting the girl after his arrest at his Northwest Side home, prosecutors said.

Colon had to register as a sex offender after he was convicted in 2008 of sexually abusing two girls while working as a carnival ride operator in Indiana, prosecutors said.

He was sentenced to two years in prison in 2013 after pleading guilty in Cook County to failing to register as a sex offender, court records show.

A version of this article appeared in print on May 05, 2017, in the News section of the Chicago Tribune with the headline "Man gets 15 years for assault on bus" — Today's paper Today's paper | Subscribe