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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

MAN ARRESTED FOR 2 SEXUAL ASSAULTS IN CHICAGO APARTMENT BUILDING

In some criminal cases, police will rely on witness statements in order to positively identify a suspect. As part of a comprehensive criminal defense strategy, these witness statements can be called into question. In some cases, people may not have the ability to correctly identify someone or they may have some other bias that makes their testimony unreliable.

In a recent Chicago case, a 23-year-old man is facing two different sexual assaults charges. According to police, the man attacked a 61-year-old woman and a 22-year-old woman on the same night, in the same Back of the Yards neighborhood apartment building.

Police claim that the first sexual assault occurred after the man knocked on the door of a 61-year-old woman he knew. When the woman let him in, the man supposedly grabbed the woman’s neck and sexually assaulted her in her home.

The second supposed attack occurred, according to police records, after the man met a woman at a convenience store later that same evening. The woman and her friend agreed to come back to the apartment building with the man. While at the apartment building, police say the man separated the women and sexually assaulted one in the building’s stairwell after choking her. Police claim that the man eventually fled the scene with this woman’s purse and phone.

These attacks supposedly happened in July, but the man was not identified and arrested until the end of August. He is now being held in jail on $725,000 bond.

Police are relying on the alleged victim’s statements as proof that this man was their attacker. The man, and those in similar situations, may want to question the accuracy of the victim’s statements — as well as pursue other criminal defense options. Sex assault charges are serious and can lead to severe punishment if a proper defense is not presented.

Source: Chicago Tribune, “Prosecutors: Man sexually assaulted 2 women in same building, same night,” Geoff Ziezulewicz, Aug. 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