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A Naperville man who sexually assaulted two young girls left in his care after their mother was murdered faces a natural life sentence after being found guilty by a DuPage County jury.

The jury returned guilty verdicts on six counts of predatory criminal sex assault and one count of criminal sexual assault against Christopher Carter, 43, of the 1600 block of Brookdale.
 
The panel deliberated about two hours Wednesday before finding Carter guilty on all counts, following a trial that began last Tuesday before Judge George Bakalis.

The two girls began living with Carter at his apartment in 2004, when one of them was 10 years old and the other girl was about 7.

According to authorities, Carter began attacking the older girl beginning in 2004 and the assaults against the younger child began around 2007, about the time she turned 10.

In 2008, Carter was arrested after one of the girls told a friend of the attacks, and the friend alerted police.

“Simply put, Christopher Carter is a sexual predator who cares nothing for his victims,” State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said. “His victims had just lost their mother to murder and were sent to live with him. Instead of loving and nurturing them in their most desperate time of need, Mr. Carter used and abused them to satisfy his own nauseating desires.”

Carter is due back in court in September for the return of his pre-sentence report.