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Stewardson Man Sentenced For Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

A Stewardson man has been sentenced to two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.  42-year old Christopher Chiovari of Stewardson, formerly of Shelbyville was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on two separate counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.  Shelby County State’s Attorney Nichole Kroncke announced the sentencing was concurrent. Charges are a class 2 felony that carries a sentencing range of probation to seven years in prison.  The four-year sentences will be served at the same time and Chiovari will be subject to lifetime registration as a sexual predator upon release from prison. 


Chovari had been charged in 2019 with committing acts of sexual conduct by touching two minor children. He was sentenced to IDOC after a contested hearing in which recorded interviews of the victims were played and a victim’s impact statement by the child’s mother was read. 


According to State’s Attorney Kroncke, Chiovari stated that his conduct was both “crazy and disturbing.”  He also said that he was innocent and requested a term of probation due to medical ailments that he suffers from as a reason why incarceration would be inappropriate.


Kroncke continued by stating that the conduct was abhorrent and would have a lifetime impact on the two innocent children he chose to victimize.  This is Chiovari’s first felony conviction. He was remanded to the Shelby County Jail to await transportation to the Illinois Department of Corrections.  Kroncke thanked the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office for their investigation.

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