A local Spanish language music show producer previously convicted of sexually assaulting three young female music students has been sentenced to 61 years in prison, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Elpidio “Juan” Contreras, 56, was previously found guilty on charges of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse following a bench trial before Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood. Contreras appeared at a hearing today at the Leighton Criminal Courts building in Chicago where Judge Flood imposed the 61 year prison sentence.
According to prosecutors, at different points in time between 1994 and 2013, the victims attended ongoing sessions to receive voice lessons from Contreras, who was a well-known Spanish language television personality and talent promoter. The victims were all between the ages of nine and 13 years old when they began taking private lessons with Contreras, who would use the opportunity to fondle the victims, both over and under their clothing, commit other acts of sexual penetration and take nude photos of the young girls.
The first victim and her family came forward to report the abuse in 2013 and the State’s Attorney’s Office charged Contreras with the sexual assault of that child, who was 11 years old at the time of the abuse. After media reports were published of Contreras being charged in that case, the other victims came forward to authorities to report similar crimes and Contreras was also charged in those cases.
State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Ciaccia and the Chicago Police Department for their dedicated work on this case.