BLOOMINGTON — A 63-year-old man described as evil and whose crimes against children are beyond comprehension was given what likely will amount to a life sentence in prison, according to the judge who sentenced him.
Stephen Orendorff of Normal was sentenced to 48 years in prison for predatory criminal sexual assault of a minor girl over a five-year period.
Comparing the girl to a sex slave caught up in what was akin to human trafficking, Judge Scott Drazewski rejected Orendorff’s statement of remorse offered before the sentence was imposed for assaulting the victim with whom the defendant was acquainted.
Orendorff manipulated the girl and a second victim, who testified Friday but was not named in charges, said the judge.
“You did all the things we know molesters of children do,” said Drazewski.
In an emotional statement she read in court, the victim said “the pain, hurt and deceit were never-ending battles for me” during the years the abuse took place.
Assistant State’s Attorney Adam Ghrist said in his request for a 75-year maximum sentence that Orendorff “used the Bible as a shield and a cloak to mask the heinous crimes.”
After the sentencing, the prosecutor said Orendorff “has earned every minute of the sentence he’s received. There’s not a sentence harsh enough for what he did.”
Orendorff pleaded guilty in December to predatory criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse.