MARION COUNTY — A 21-year-old Salem man was sentenced Tuesday in Marion County Court to 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in April to sexually assaulting a child.

Dustin Peach
(Source: MCSO)

Dustin Peach was initially charged with one count Class X felony predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and three Class X felony counts of possessing child pornography.

The pornography charges were dismissed per the plea agreement.

Peach was arrested in January 2021 on charges he touched a girl under the age of 13 inappropriately just before Christmas the previous year.

The child pornography charges claimed he had three photos of a child under 13 unclothed on his phone.

The case was investigated by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Salem Police.

The incidents allegedly occurred when Peach was babysitting the young girl.