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The nephew of serial killer John Wayne Gacy has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.

Raymond Kasper was convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse in July. However, the girl denied the crimes took place on the witness stand.

Kasper read a letter to the court before his sentencing, but never once mentioned his infamous uncle’s name. He believes his family association played a role in his conviction.

“You cannot choose the family you are born into,” Kasper said. He also said he didn’t tell his children about the relation to Gacy until the trial began.

The trial jury was never informed that Kasper was Gacy’s nephew, but the media widely reported the connection.

John Wayne Gacy was executed in 1994 for the murders of 33 boys and young men. Gacy’s victim #19 was finally identified last year after 35 years.

The 49-year-old was arrested last year when he was accused of assaulting the girl multiple times between June and October 2011. The girl said she may have dreamed the abuse, but prosecutors believed she had been pressured or intimidated to recant. A doctor who examined the girl said she had wounds that were consistent with sexual abuse.

Assistant State’s Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein said Kasper believed he was the victim in the situation, and that he had not taken any responsibility for his actions.

Catharine O’Daniel, Kasper’s attorney, said he deserved a new trial since the girl recanted. Judge Joseph P. Condon disagreed, but O’Daniel said she would appeal the conviction. She said Kasper had a clean criminal record and emphasized his work history, which included working as a firefighter after his wife and child were killed in a car crash.

With credit for time served, Kasper will likely serve 18 years in prison

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By Amanda Marrazzo, Special to the Tribune

November 2, 2012

The nephew of serial killer John Wayne Gacy tearfully declared his innocence to a McHenry County judge Thursday and sought to distance himself from his notorious uncle before his sentencing for the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.

Judge Joseph P. Condon then handed down a 24-year prison term for Raymond Kasper, who was convicted in July of predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse — even though the girl denied from the witness stand that the crimes took place.

While reading a letter to the court before his sentencing, Kasper never mentioned the name of his infamous uncle, who was executed in 1994 for the murders of 33 young men and boys, many of whom were found in his suburban home near Chicago's Northwest Side.

But Kasper indicated his belief that the family connection played a role in his conviction.

"You cannot choose the family you are born into," Kasper said. He added that his own children never knew about the family's ties to Gacy until his trial. "I tried to protect them from that."

Kasper's trial jury was not told of his relationship to Gacy, but the connection was widely reported in the news media.

Kasper, 49, of Marengo, was arrested last year amid accusations that he assaulted the girl multiple times in her Algonquin home between June and October 2011. Though the girl said from the witness stand that she might have dreamed the abuse, prosecutors indicated that the girl had been pressured to recant her claims. A doctor who examined her also testified that the girl bore wounds consistent with sexual abuse.

Assistant State's Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein argued Thursday that Kasper still was "not taking any responsibility for his actions or what he did to the victim. He believes he's the victim."

Kasper's attorney Catharine O'Daniel argued that he deserves a new trial, in part because the girl recanted. The judge denied that, but O'Daniel said she would immediately appeal the conviction.

Several of Kasper's relatives were there to support him and vowed to fight for his freedom. His lawyers have said he has health problems and suffered a heart attack while in jail awaiting his sentencing.

"It's about him," said Kasper's son Steve, 24. "He's not Gacy's nephew. He's Raymond Kasper."
 

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