An Illinois man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman that he met at a nightclub in August 2017. The man was sentenced to probation last week after he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and not criminal sexual assault, which he was originally charged with.
According to police, the man and another man, both residents of Arlington Heights, met the woman and two of her friends at a club in Lake in the Hills. The group left the club and went to the woman’s Crystal Lake house where the man forcibly performed sex acts on the woman, who said he held her down during the acts. The woman also stated that the men stole several pieces of jewelry that amounted to more than $500.
Man Gets Probation, Friend Gets Jail Time
The other man pleaded guilty to theft of more than $500 and was sentenced to four years in prison. Two other charges, another theft charge and a felony charge for criminal sexual assault, were dropped. The man who pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse was sentenced to two years of probation, must pay fines and fees of $1,440, and was ordered to undergo sex offender treatment. He was also required to register as a sex offender for life.
Illinois Laws Regarding Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse
According to the Illinois Criminal Code, the man’s original charge, criminal sexual assault, is classified as a Class 1 felony. If he had been charged with this, he would have faced four to 15 years in prison, with a probationary period of not more than four years after release from prison. He was instead charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, which is a Class 2 felony. He was sentenced to two years of probation when he faced three to seven years in prison.
Contact an Arlington Heights Sex Crimes Defense Attorney
Sex crimes are arguably one of the most controversial and reputationally damaging crimes you can be accused of. If you have been charged with a sex crime, you need the immediate help of a skilled and experienced Arlington Heights sex crimes defense attorney. Scott F. Anderson, Attorney at Law has extensive experience dealing with sex crime charges and can use that to anticipate how the state will prosecute these types of crimes. Call 847-253-3400 to schedule a consultation and begin taking steps to protect your reputation.
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