MARION, Ill. (WJPF) — A Marion man has been convicted of sexually abusing a child.

David Blue, 44, was found guilty Friday of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The victim was under thirteen years of age.

Williamson County State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti said “This was a very difficult case, as sexual assaults of children are some of the worst cases we have to handle. We hope this verdict brings a sense of justice to the victim and her family. I want to thank the Marion Police Department for their excellent investigative work, as well as the Franklin-Williamson Child Advocacy Center and DFCS for their great work in helping get this case prepared for trial. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Thomas Slayton for his exemplary work in this trial, and Zoey for always being such a calming force for our victims.” 

Blue will be sentenced on October 18. He faces up to sixty years in prison.