Nashville man gets probation after sex crime confession tossed

NASHVILLE — A 20-year-old man was sentenced today in Washington County court to 30-months probation, after he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated battery to a child under the age of 13, resulting in bodily harm – a Class 3 felony.

Ross Follis was originally charged in the 2012 case with Class X felony predatory criminal sexual assault of a 3-year-old girl, but the Illinois Appellate Court ruled that Follis was indeed in custody at the time of an interrogation, and granted a defense motion that his confession be thrown out.

Both experts in the case testified that Follis could not knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily waive his Miranda rights and prosecutors did not argue against that finding.

The experts found Follis has the cognitive abilities of a 10-year-old and that both his short and long-term memory are impaired.

In addition to serving 30-months probation, Follis also agreed to have no contact with the victim, pay $1,000 in fines and costs, plus a $250 DNA fee. He must also complete an evaluation and complete any specified treatment.

As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to not pursue a Class 2 felony charge against Follis of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 13.

Follis was scheduled for a jury trial today, but he instead entered into the plea agreement with the state.