§ 4. The rebuttable presumption provided in subsection (c) of Section 16-14 of the Criminal Code of 1961 1 prior to its repeal by Public Act 97-597 (effective January 1, 2012), shall be fully applicable to all causes of actions brought pursuant to this Act. The presumption provided shall only shift the burden of going forward with evidence, and shall in no event shift the burden of proof to the defendant. Any evidence of a judgment entered based on a finding of guilt, plea of guilty or stipulation of guilt in a criminal cause of action brought pursuant to Section 16-14 of the Criminal Code of 2012 shall be admissible in any civil action brought pursuant to this Act to prove any fact essential to sustaining a judgment. The pendency of an appeal may be shown but does not affect the admissibility of evidence under this Section.
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