Melvin James

Melvin James of Rockford faces life in prison for sexual assault of a child. (Photo provided by the Kane County State's Attorney's Office)

A Rockford man faces life in prison after being convicted for predatory criminal sexual assault.

According to a press release, Kane County Circuit Judge James C. Hallock convicted 40-year-old James Melvin of S. Court St. of Rockford for predatory criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony on Friday.

Melvin was additionally convicted for six counts of aggravated predatory criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony.

Melvin waived his right to a jury trial.

Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Megan Baxter and Reagan Pittman presented evidence that on Feb. 27, 2009, Melvin sexually assaulted a victim, who he knew.

The victim, who was younger than 12, immediately told her mother who alerted authorities.

Melvin pleaded guilty in the case in 2009.

In 2015 the Illinois Appellate Court Second District ruled that the plea was improper, and the case was returned to the trial court.

Melvin’s next court appearance is set for Feb. 23, 2018.

Melvin faces a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment because he now has multiple convictions for predatory criminal sexual assault. Melvin was convicted of the prior offense in 1998 in Cook County.

Melvin remains in custody at the Kane County jail.