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Predator husband & wife sexually abuse children they ‘systematically preyed on’ for years: Prosecutors

An Illinois woman who sexually abused two children with her husband was sentenced late last month to 75 years in prison.

On Tuesday, the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office announced in a Facebook post that Andrea Leisgang, 38, pleaded guilty to criminal sexual assault and predatory criminal sexual assault. Along with her husband, Jeremy Leisgang, Andrea Leisgang was initially accused of sexually abusing four children — three girls and a boy — at their home starting in 2016.

Indicted in December 2018, Andrea Leisgang was only charged for the hands-on acts she committed against two of the four children her husband had victimized. However, prosecutors claimed evidence indicated that she was aware of what her husband did to the other two children.

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Jeremy Leisgang pleaded guilty in October 2019 to four counts of criminal sexual assault and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. He must complete 85 percent of his sentence before he’s eligible for parole.

The release stated that Fitz, the Madison County Courthouse facility dog, provided the child victims with emotional support during court proceedings.

“During the sentencing hearing, Fitz sat with the children before and after they gave their victim impact statements detailing the physical and mental pain they endured because of the cruel actions of the defendant. Fitz, a gentle soul, sat with his head in their laps and wrapping his paws around their feet,” the prosecutor’s office said.

Andrea Leisgang is required to serve 85 percent of her sentence before she’s eligible for parole. She must also register as a sex offender. The Belleville News-Democrat reported that she filed for divorce from Jeremy Leisgang in October 2018.

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[Featured image: Jeremy Leisgang and Andrea Leisgang/Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office]