Sex Crimes

Illinois college student charged with sex crimes

A college student at University of Illinois at Chicago was accused of sexually assaulting another student. The student says that he was acting out a scene that was in the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Illinois authorities have charged the student with sex crimes, regardless of his explanation.

The incident occurred in the student’s dorm room on a recent Saturday afternoon and involved a female friend with whom he had previously been intimate. Police say that the student asked the woman to take off her clothes, and he then bound her hands to a bed. He also bound her legs with a belt and placed a necktie in her mouth. Once he covered her eyes, he allegedly hit the woman with a belt. Even though the woman was crying for him to stop, he allegedly proceeded to strike her with his fists.

When she was able to get her arms free, he held onto them and allegedly raped her. The woman was eventually able to leave, which is when she informed someone of the incident. The student was charged, and he is being held on a $500,000 bail.

While sex crimes of this nature are viewed by the public as heinous, it is important to remember that, just because someone is charged, it does not mean that he or she is guilty. Defendants have the right to challenge any pieces of evidence prosecutors wish to use against them, and they also have the right to confront their accusers. Furthermore, Illinois prosecutors will need to prove that incidents occurred and convince juries of the validity of alleged victims’ claim before guilty verdicts can be rendered.

Source: Chicago Tribune, “Sex assault charges tied to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie“, Steve Schmadeke, Feb. 24, 2015

Man charged with rape on woman who suffers from seizures

Being accused of rape is a horrifying charge for most individuals. Illinois prosecutors tend to seek convictions on these types of charges to the fullest extent. A 27-year-old man was charged with rape after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 53-year-old woman.

Reportedly, the man was a roommate in the home of a woman who had several medical issues. Back in Sept. 2014, the woman was in an ambulance on her way to the hospital for a seizure. While on the ambulance, the man allegedly assaulted her sexually. The woman told police that this occurred while she was having an active seizure, but later on, she dropped the charge. In recent weeks, the woman contacted police and claimed that the man raped her again while she was sleeping.

He was arrested, but eventually, the woman again asked for the charge to be dropped. The woman contacted authorities one last time and requested that the sexual assault charge be reinstated. Authorities arrested him on a recent Friday night and formally charged him with rape. Apparently, he has a previous conviction in 2011 for sexual abuse.

In spite of the man’s prior conviction for sexual abuse, it does not automatically mean he is guilty of the recent rape charge. He has the right to defend against the allegations and confront his accuser in a criminal courtroom. He also has the right to challenge any piece of evidence Illinois prosecutors intend to use against him. If evidence appears to be stacked in favor of the state, plea negotiations may potentially reduce his legal risk. Nevertheless, the gravity of the accusations requires that the accused man and his legal counsel focus on protecting his legal rights while aiming for a favorable resolution that is in his personal interests.

Source: baxterbulletin.com, “Rape suspect appears for hearing“, Josh Dooley, Jan. 26, 2015

Teacher charged with sex crimes involving student

Parents expect that when they send their children to school that they are in the best care possible. Understandably, no Illinois parent wants to learn that their child has possibly been sexually assaulted. When the state discovers these types of allegations, they are quick to prosecute alleged offenders, including those who may have known that the incidents were occurring. Multiple middle school teachers are now charged with not reporting their suspicions of sex crimes between another teacher and a student.

Reports indicate that a 38-year-old male teacher and a 34-year-old female teacher were recently arrested for withholding certain information. They were accused of not revealing the possibility that another teacher was sexually assaulting a student. They were arrested and charged with failure to report molestation. Both of the teachers posted $5,000 bonds and were released from a county jail.

A third teacher has not been found, but there is a warrant for that person’s arrest. The teacher who allegedly committed this act is battling extradition back to the country and is currently in custody in Bosnia. No other information regarding this case has been reported.

Those who are charged with sex crimes can face harsh consequences if convicted. The teachers who didn’t report could possibly face jail time for not reporting their suspicions. The teacher who allegedly committed the act could face even more severe penalties, including prison time and being required to register as a sex offender. The teacher charged with molestation is likely preparing to enter the courtroom and could benefit from gaining knowledge about his legal rights. In any criminal case, Illinois prosecutors must meet a heavy measure of proof to secure a conviction.

Source: qconline.com, “Lake County teachers charged in sex abuse case“, Nov. 14, 2014

2 Illinois brothers charged with multiple rape charges

Two brothers face multiple sex crimes charges. The Illinois men were charged with rape after being accused committing of a string of sexual assaults. Reportedly, the duo has been committing violent sexual assaults for over a decade.

One of the brothers, who is 38 years old, reportedly forced himself into women’s homes throughout the Chicago neighborhood of Lakeview. According to reports, he was usually armed with a weapon and threatened to kill the women while he raped them. The younger brother, 29 years old, allegedly participated in two of the rapes that took place inside a vehicle. The older brother was arrested on a recent Saturday night at his place of residence.

Authorities conducted DNA testing, which purportedly linked the brothers to multiple sexual attacks. The older brother was charged with six sexual assaults while the younger brother was charged concerning two of them. The alleged rapes occurred between 2003 and 2012.  No other information about this arrest was reported.

Understandably, a rape conviction can have drastic consequences, and in this case, DNA evidence allegedly linked the brothers to a series of sexual crimes. While the crimes the defendants have been accused of are clearly serious offenses, simple accusations do not constitute guilt in a criminal case. The defendants have the right to dispute any piece of evidence Illinois prosecutors wish to use against them, including DNA samples that were collected. These two men are each guaranteed the legal presumption of innocence as their cases head to court. Nevertheless, each must necessarily focus on presenting a strong criminal defense that protects their individual rights while seeking to achieve an favorable result.

Source: CBS News, “Brothers charged in Illinois serial rapes“, , Oct. 2, 2014

Former basketball coach arrested for sexual assault

A former member of the school board has recently been arrested. Illinois authorities charged a man with sexual assault after he was accused of sexually abusing a child. Reportedly, the alleged sexual crimes date back to 1997.

The former school board member was affiliated with and coached a basketball team. Late last summer, the suspect left his position with the school board to pursue a career as a basketball coach for the junior varsity. However, in April of this year, he resigned from the coaching position, as well. An investigation into the matter was launched in recent months. Reportedly, the alleged victim was under the age of 13.

On a recent Friday, the suspect was charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He has posted bond, which was set at $250,000. Reportedly, the suspect is no longer employed with the school district.

Defendants who are charged with sexual assault have formidable battles to confront. Understandably, Illinois prosecutors take allegations of sexual abuse on a child seriously and will pursue these matters to the fullest extent. Furthermore, this type of conviction could make it difficult for defendants to obtain employment at facilities that render care to children, and they may be required to register as sex offenders. However, just because the defendant was charged does not mean that he is guilty of inappropriate sexual conduct or of any other criminal behavior. Prosecutors will need to prove that the defendant committed the sexual abuse in order to secure a conviction from a jury and, until then, the defendant is presumed innocent.

Source: ksdk.com, “Former school board member accused of sex abuse“, Brandie Piper and Elizabeth Matthews, Aug 4, 2014

Man faces up to 30 years for alleged sex crimes

An initiative to battle sexual abuse on a child is being led by the United States Attorney’s offices. Although any type of sexual conduct with a minor is by no means appropriate behavior, it is important for Illinois readers to remember that defendants are not automatically convicted unless proven guilty. A 36-year-old man is now charged with sex crimes after he was accused of intentions to have sex with an underage girl.

According to reports, the man traveled from his area to engage in sexual conduct with a teenager under the age of 18. After reportedly leaving town with the teenager, who is only 14-years-old, authorities were on the hunt for him. Authorities believe that the girl is a runaway. Eventually, the pair was located by authorities in Madison County and the defendant was charged.

He was arrested and charged with intent to engage in illegal sexual conduct and this alleged incident was part of an initiative called Project Safe Childhood. The purpose of Project Safe Childhood is to arrest and seek convictions for those who sexually abuse children. Authorities on the federal and state levels also locate and rescue victims.

The defendant could spend up to 30 years in prison if convicted of his sex crimes charges. Even after being released, he may be subjected to supervision that could last for the rest of his life. Illinois prosecutors will need to meet a strict burden of proof that the defendant intended to engage in sexual relations with a minor in order to obtain a conviction. With a strong defense, he could have a greater chance of having a favorable legal outcome.

Source: portsmouth-dailytimes.com, “New Boston man indicted on sex charge“, Frank Lewis, July 28, 2014

Alleged Illinois pimp charged with sex crimes

Someone who is charged with any type of sex crime may find themselves feeling vulnerable when it comes to the legal system. Understandably, sex crimes are serious and Illinois prosecutors tend to handle sexual assault accusations to the fullest extent. Even though the severity of this type of accusation is considerably high, an accusation of criminal conduct does not constitute guilt. Recently, a 21-year-old man was charged with a number of sex crimes.

Reports indicate that the suspect used his Facebook profile to round up girls for a sex trafficking business. Once recruited, he allegedly issued the girls fictitious names and fake IDs. He also made the girls wear hair extensions and taught them how to engage with their clients. In addition, he posted the girls on multiple websites to advertise services at $300 per hour.

According to reports, the suspect transported the girls from various states to work for him. These acts reportedly happened between March 2012 and Oct. 2013. The suspect has been previously charged with compelling teen girls to have sex with clients and also battery on one of the girls. He was sentenced to spend four years in prison.

With regard to criminal charges, defendants have the right to review and challenge evidence presented against them. Defendants are guaranteed the right to have a fair trial before an impartial Illinois jury regarding pending sex crimes allegations. In some cases, accused individuals who have evidence stacked against them may decide to negotiate a plea deal in exchange for reduced charges. Regardless of the choice they make, defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a criminal courtroom.

Source: Chicago Tribune, “Dolton man charged with transporting underage girls to Illinois for prostitution“, Jason Meisner, May 16, 2014

Illinois business owner charged with sexual assault

Sexual assault charges usually come with severe punishments for those who are convicted, particularly when the alleged victim is a minor. While acts of a sexual nature with a minor are in no way appropriate, suspects have the right to defend against the charges in a court of law. An Illinois man was recently arrested and charged with sexual assault after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor.

According to reports, the man is the owner of a martial arts academy where the alleged victim was a student. Authorities launched an investigation into the possibility of the suspect having a sexual relationship with the 15-year-old girl, for reasons which are currently unknown. Eventually, authorities placed the suspect under arrest and charged him with multiple counts of criminal sexual assault.

The suspect is being held at a jail facility on a $300,000 bond. Other details into the investigation and arrest have not been reported. Authorities are seeking other possible victims of the suspect to come forward. They are also asking for those who witnessed suspicious behavior between the suspect and any other child to come forward as well.

Understandably, most parents would be horrified of these accusations, but in spite of that, this man is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. As he prepares for his defense against the sexual assault charges, he stands to benefit from reviewing the evidence that prosecutors intend to use against him and gain further understanding of his rights. Any person charged with sexual assault in Illinois has the right to confront their accuser. Furthermore, defendants have the right to a trial in front of a non-biased jury.

Source: fox2now.com, “Martial arts instructor charged with sex assault“, Chris Smith, April 27, 2014

Illinois resident charged with sexual assault on young girl

Prosecutors tend to seek to prosecute sex crimes allegations to the fullest extent possible, especially when the alleged victim is a child. However, while a crime of this nature is by no means acceptable, a simple accusation does not always constitute guilt. An Illinois man was charged with sexual assault after he was accused of raping a 4-year-old girl.

Reportedly, two siblings were playing outside when the suspect approached and attempted to talk to the girls. The children refused his advances and went inside of the house. However, the suspect allegedly kicked in the door and went into a bedroom where he sexually assaulted the young girl. Authorities arrived at the residence and reportedly discovered the suspect in the closet smoking a cigarette.

Authorities charged the suspect with home invasion and predatory sexual assault. He’s being detained at a jail facility with no bond granted. This was not the first time the suspect had encountered the law, as he had previously served time in prison for burglary and robbery on two separate incidents.

Being charged with sexual assault can have a variety of negative consequences if a suspect is convicted. Once a sentence is completed, a person may be required to register as a sex offender and could be considered unemployable at many institutions. These outcomes may be eliminated or reduced if Illinois suspects become knowledgeable about their legal rights as defendants. In any criminal case, prosecutors must meet a strict burden of proof to secure a conviction. In spite of the suspect’s previous charges, this does not prove guilt on his new pending charges.

Source: CBS News, “Demetrio Campbell, Ill. man, charged with breaking into home and raping 4-year-old girl“, , April 11, 2014

Illinois resident charged with sexual assault on young girl

Prosecutors tend to seek to prosecute sex crimes allegations to the fullest extent possible, especially when the alleged victim is a child. However, while a crime of this nature is by no means acceptable, a simple accusation does not always constitute guilt. An Illinois man was charged with sexual assault after he was accused of raping a 4-year-old girl.

Reportedly, two siblings were playing outside when the suspect approached and attempted to talk to the girls. The children refused his advances and went inside of the house. However, the suspect allegedly kicked in the door and went into a bedroom where he sexually assaulted the young girl. Authorities arrived at the residence and reportedly discovered the suspect in the closet smoking a cigarette.

Authorities charged the suspect with home invasion and predatory sexual assault. He’s being detained at a jail facility with no bond granted. This was not the first time the suspect had encountered the law, as he had previously served time in prison for burglary and robbery on two separate incidents.

Being charged with sexual assault can have a variety of negative consequences if a suspect is convicted. Once a sentence is completed, a person may be required to register as a sex offender and could be considered unemployable at many institutions. These outcomes may be eliminated or reduced if Illinois suspects become knowledgeable about their legal rights as defendants. In any criminal case, prosecutors must meet a strict burden of proof to secure a conviction. In spite of the suspect’s previous charges, this does not prove guilt on his new pending charges.

Source: CBS News, “Demetrio Campbell, Ill. man, charged with breaking into home and raping 4-year-old girl“, , April 11, 2014