Ill. man to serve 25 years in molestation case


EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WTHI) – An Effingham County man has pleaded guilty to multiple charges in a major child molestation case.

James Zumbahlen originally faced almost 40 different felony counts from the state of Illinois.

In the end, he agreed to a guilty plea to nine felonies of sexual assault and aggravated sexual abuse.

Zumbahlen will serve 25 years in an Illinois prison for the crimes. As many as eight different victims were identified in the case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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