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Lanning Sentenced To Twenty Two Years In The IDOC For Criminal Sexual Assault

A Carmi man has been sentenced to 22 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections following a contested sentencing hearing in White County Court on Thursday. 41 year old Daniel Lanning was the house parent employee of the Baptist Children’s Home who was arrested in April of this year for the sexual assault of one of the young residents of Baptist Children’s Home. On August 24th, Lanning plead guilty to two counts of Criminal Sexual Assault, each a class 1 felony. Lanning was sentenced to 11 years on each count to run consecutively in IDOC. Because of the offenses, Lanning will have to serve a minimum of 85% of the sentence. He will also be on mandatory supervised release anywhere between 3 years and natural life.

State’s Attorney Denton Aud called two witnesses during the hearing while Public Defender Brian Shinkle called one witness. Following the witnesses, counsel argued sentencing alternatives followed by a statement from the defendant as well as a victim impact statement prepared by the victim. After considering the evidence, the pre-sentence investigation, the sex offender evaluation, the arguments of counsel and the statements of the defendant and victim, Judge T Scott Webb imposed the sentence of 22 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

The White County Sheriff’s Department was the arresting and investigating agency with assistance from the Illinois State Police.

  1. Lynn
    November 4, 2022 at 10:34 am

    I to am a former resident “BCH”. I have nothing but loving memories. Justice will never be served in a case like this! With that being said we now need to pray for this victim and all others. She will need everyone’s love and support! I am definitely sure that she will be getting what she needs. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers. She has a long road ahead of her! I am wishing her lots of prayers, peace and love!

  2. Leigh
    June 12, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    Having this man be my house parent at BCH, it is terrifying what could have happened on those one on one drives to school, I pray for that young person and their family as this is not enough. He was trusted with the care of trauma sensitive children, and yet he caused trauma against this young person. He deserves so much more.


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