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IL defense lawyerA man in chicago has been found guilty of sexual assault even though authorities have not been able to locate him for two years. The man was found guilty on three counts each of sexual assault and aggravated sexual abuse in July, even though he did not attend his trial. He was sentenced Tuesday to 27 years in prison.

Abuse Took Place Over a Year Starting in 2014

According to prosecutors, the man sexually assaulted the girl beginning in July 2014 and continued to do so until October 2015. The acts of abuse supposedly took place in the man’s residence in West Chicago. The victim was at a hospital for unrelated reasons when she told a hospital employee about the abuse. The hospital reported the abuse to the West Chicago Police Department who then alerted the DuPage County Children’s Center.

Man Was in Police Custody at One Point

The man was arrested by Chicago police in July 2016, but was released around two weeks later when he poses ten percent of his $250,000 bail. That was the last time police had the whereabouts of the man, who did not show up to any further court proceedings. Because of that, police issued a $750,000 arrest warrant in October 2017 and in April 2018, a no-bond arrest warrant.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_243122509-1.jpgDue in large part to the publicity of high-profile cases, laws pertaining to the statute of limitations and handling of sexual assault and harassment claims are undergoing change or review. Officials maintain these efforts are necessary to protect victims. However, consideration is now being given to the way the registry of sexual offenders is maintained in Illinois.

Task Force Makes Recommendations

At the end of last year, a specially named task force published a report that proposed certain changes to the way Illinois handles sex offenders and the state’s registration list. The panel included public advocates, victims, members of law enforcement, defense attorneys and prosecutors.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_736146343.jpgVictims of sexual assault and sexual harassment have begun stepping forward with allegations of events that occurred both recently and in the past. With this increased awareness comes a renewed scrutiny of how both alleged victims and those accused of sexual crimes are treated under the law.  

In Illinois and Across the Country

Last summer, Illinois officials passed legislation removing the statute of limitations on cases of sexual abuse crimes against children. The bill was quickly signed into law. However, renewed attention is being placed on the issue of sex crimes in large part due to the revelations of past actions by entertainment industry professionals, high profile physicians, and even elected officials.

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