AG files petition to have Marion County man committed as sexually violent

MARION COUNTY — The Illinois Attorney General’s Office filed a petition today in Marion County Court, seeking to have a 36-year-old man declared sexually violent and committed to the Department of Human Services.

Eric Long (Source: IDOC)
Eric Long
(Source: IDOC)

Eric Long was originally arrested and charged in August 2006 in Marion County with Class 1 felony criminal sexual assault of a victim who can’t consent, and two counts Class 2 felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim between the ages of 13 and 16.

Long pleaded guilty four months later to the Class 1 felony charge in exchange for the two Class 2 counts being dismissed. He was sentenced to 12 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, and while incarcerated has undergone psychological testing.

He was diagnosed as suffering from a pedophilic disorder for both girls and boys, as well as a paraphilic disorder involving nonconsenting victims.

Long had a projected parole date of October 18, 2016, and a projected discharge date of October 18, 2018.

However, if Long is found to be sexually dangerous, he could be remanded to the care of the Department of Human Services for an indefinite period.

A hearing on the petition is scheduled for Friday in Marion County Court.