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MAN DENIED BOND AFTER SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS

Sexual assault charges are very serious in Chicago. They can lead to extreme punishments that have life-long effects. These ramifications can start from the moment a person faces allegations of sexual assault.

For one 26-year-old man, these consequences have started the moment he was arrested. According to police, the man broke into a home on Chicago’s Southside by using a garbage can. Once in the house, police claim that the man grabbed a knife from the kitchen and went to a bedroom to find a 40-year-old woman. When the woman screamed, her 22-year-old daughter rushed into the room. Police claim that the man then forced both women into the bed and sexually assaulted both of them. He then demanded money and left.

According to police, only a few hours later, the man used the knife to threaten and drag a 14-year-old girl off the street and into a yard. The girl had been walking to a bus stop. Allegedly, the man assaulted the girl before he was seen by a witness.

Police also accuse the man of hiding in the bedroom of an 11-year-old girl in the same neighborhood. However, police say he escaped that house after the family dog alerted the family.

He has been charged with criminal trespassing and three counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault. Recently, the court has denied bond for the man, and he will therefore spend all of the criminal proceedings behind bars.

In this case, sexual assault charges have led to immediate imprisonment. Until the criminal proceedings are complete, this man will not have the chance to live freely. Without the right criminal defense, other consequences can include a prison sentence, probation and a permanent criminal record.

Source: NBC Chicago, “Bond Denied for Indiana Man Charged in String of Chicago Sexual Assaults,” Oct. 21, 2013

PROSECUTORS LACK EVIDENCE IN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE

On behalf of Law Office of Robert Kerr, LLC posted in Sexual Assault on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

When police investigate a crime, they are looking for evidence that can be used against the suspect during criminal proceedings. There has to be enough evidence that a Chicago prosecutor can try to obtain a guilty verdict — which requires proof that a person is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

If police and prosecutors do not have enough evidence, or some evidence is excluded from the proceedings, then prosecutors may decide not to pursue charges or to drop charges that were previously filed.

In a recent case, prosecutors in DuPage County have decided that they will not file criminal charges in a sexual assault case. In this case, police officers from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois found two distraught 19-year-old women — one student and her friend — on the campus. The women apparently reported to police officers that they had been drinking at a party earlier that night. Following the party, the women claim that they were attacked and sexually assaulted.

The campus police contacted police from the city of Lisle who then took over the investigation. The Lisle police officers claim that they identified eight persons of interest in the case, six men and two women. After completing their investigation, they handed the case to local prosecutors. However, the prosecutors announced that they will not be filing sexual assault charges. They say that they lack evidence to move forward with the case.

Because evidence can play such an important role in determining the charges in a sexual assault case, people should understand what evidence the police have against them or the types of evidence that can be used in court. With the right help, the accused may be able to challenge some of the evidence, which could eventually lead to prosecutor’s dropping or reducing charges.

Source: Chicago Tribune, “No charges after claim of sexual assaults at Benedictine,” Christy Gutowski, Sep. 25, 2013

ILLINOIS BOY SCOUT LEADER ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

There are certain types of crimes that have a serious effect from the moment the charges are brought. While everyone is supposed to be treated as innocent until proven guilty, with these crimes people are often judged from moment allegations surface. Sexual assault charges against a child fall into this category. When someone is accused of child sexual assault they face immediate consequences and are sometimes unfairly labeled by the media as a sexual predator. Furthermore, sexual assault charges carry other serious long term consequences including prison time.

In a recent Illinois case, a 54-year-old Boy Scout troop leader has been charged with felony second-degree sexual assault of a child. According to police, the man was at a Boy Scout camp when he performed oral sex on a 13-year-old boy who the man was taking care of since the boy did not feel well. Soon after, the man was arrested and charged.

He was eventually released from jail on a $5,000 bond and is awaiting a hearing in September. However, in the mean time, the man can have no contact with the boy and can have no unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 16.

The man denies that any wrongdoing took place and says that he did not sexually assault the boy. According to the man, he did remove the boy’s clothes but only because he had a fever. If he is found guilty, this man could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison. He could also face other serious penalties including having to register on the Illinois sex offender registry. These allegations could also affect his employment and social life.

In order to combat these potential consequences, this man will need to defend against the charges. In court, he will be given the opportunity to present evidence to clear his name and prove that no sexual assault took place.

Source: Portage Daily Register, “Illinois man accused of sexually assaulting boy at Scout camp,” Shannon Green, July 19, 2013

CHICAGO FIREFIGHTERS FIGHT ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

When people are accused of sexual assault, they face harsh consequences including having to register on the sex offender registry. With such high stakes, people may feel like they do not have any choice but to negotiate with prosecutors and agree to a plea deal. However, Illinois residents facing a criminal sexual assault charge should understand that they have criminal defense options and they do not need to automatically agree to a plea deal.

In many situations, there are defenses available that can help to reduce or eliminate sexual assault charges. One of those defenses is consent. In other words, if the person consented to the sexual contact and the person is not a minor, then the other person cannot be found guilty of sexual assault.

In a recent Chicago case, two Merrionette Park firefighters have been charged with sexual assault. Neither of these men have a prior criminal history. According to police, the men were at a party where a woman had too much to drink. This woman’s boyfriend put the woman in an upstairs bedroom before returning to the party. Police allege that the firefighters told people they were leaving but went up stairs. One guarded the door while the other allegedly had sexual contact with the woman. The pair was discovered by the woman’s boyfriend when he went to check on her.

The men were arrested and have been charged with attempted criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse. Bail has been set at $100,000 for one man and $250,000 for the other.

The men, on the other hand, claim that the woman had been flirting with them all night and had invited them upstairs. They also claim that she took her own clothes off. They have vowed to fight the charges in court.

Arguing that the allege victim consented is just one of many criminal defense options that could be available to someone who has been charged with criminal sexual assault. Those charged should explore all of their defense options before agreeing to anything with prosecutors.

Source: Chicago Tribune, “Merrionette Park firefighters charged with attempted sexual assault at party,” Geoff Ziezulewicz, June 17, 2013