First, the man told about his stepfather sexually abusing him when he was a child, authorities said.
Then, he allowed police to record him discussing the abuse with his stepfather, Paul Houser, 48, of Plainfield, authorities said.
Houser pleaded guilty to criminal sexual assault Thursday and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to a news release from Eric Weis. The effects of the crime didn't end with Thursday's court hearing, though.
"I may not ever find the words to completely do justice to the impact that this has had on myself and family," the victim said during the hearing, according to a news release. "I can at least allow others to know that it is something that forever impacts the victim's wellbeing.”
Houser admitted to an incident in 2000, when the victim was a child living in Yorkville, the news release states. He faced up to 15 years in prison based on the laws in place in 2000, and will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole, according to the news release.
In the news release, Weis praised the victim, as well as Yorkville police and First Assistant State's Attorney Nemura Pencyla.
“If it were not for the courage of this victim to come forward, Houser would still be out and a threat to other young children," Weis said in the release.
Houser has remained in custody . He bail was $500,000.