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Being charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child is an incredibly serious and life-altering event. Illinois law, specifically 720 ILCS 5/11-1.40, addresses instances of sexual penetration involving a child under 13 by someone aged 17 or older. These criminal charges are extremely severe, carrying both significant legal and social consequences. As an experienced criminal defense attorney in Chicago with extensive experience, I aim to provide a thorough understanding of this statute, the relevant legal framework, and the possible defense strategies.

Understanding the Statute and Relevant Laws

Under 720 ILCS 5/11-1.40, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child is defined as an act of sexual penetration by an individual 17 years or older with a child under 13. In Illinois, sexual penetration includes any contact, however slight, between the sex organ or anus of one person and an object, the sex organ, mouth, or anus of another person, or any intrusion, however slight, of any part of the body into the sex organ or anus of another person. This broad definition encompasses a wide range of sexual acts, making the statute stringent and far-reaching.

A 36-year-old youth pastor is accused of sexually assaulting and robbing women. The crimes are alleged to have occurred with the same modus operandi. The pastor would approach a woman, begin talking to her, and attempt to lure her to his car. If she refused, the pastor would rob the woman, and in at least two cases, he sexually assaulted them. 

Police say that the 36-year-old youth pastor targeted a 44-year-old woman in 2300 block of East 79th Street, a 58-year-old woman in the 400 block of West 113th Street, and a 45-year-old woman in the 10200 block of South Wentworth Avenue. He is further accused of sexual assault against a 47-year-old woman in 12300 block of South Emerald Avenue and a 34-year-old woman in 9300 block of South Lyon Avenue. All of the assaults occurred between June and July of 2023. 

One of the cases involved a homeless woman who accepted a ride from the defendant. Police allege that he sexually assaulted the woman at knifepoint before stealing her belongings. Police found the victim’s ID and credit cards inside of the suspect’s car. 

The Chicago police department is currently under investigation over sexual misconduct with asylum seekers who recently came to the area seeking refuge from their country of origin. In one case, an officer is accused of impregnating an 18-year-old refugee. A report indicates that one officer had sex with an underage female migrant and that other officers also had sexual relationships with refugees. 

The city of Chicago has received 14,000 asylum seekers over the last year. While many have been accommodated with housing, at least 2,000 are living on floors of nearly every police precinct across the city. Some are sleeping at airports. In some cases, the immigrants were bussed there by Texas authorities, who refused to accommodate the migrants. 

Investigations began in July after one city employee claimed to have first-hand knowledge of sexual misconduct. This prompted city officials to move the asylum seekers to another location. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, in a turn of events, stated that no asylum seekers had stepped forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. COPA said the investigation would continue, but there have been no updates since then. It does not appear that anyone has been charged with a crime thus far, despite the allegations.

A Cook County judge recently sentenced a Chicago man to 11 years in prison after he was seen sexually assaulting a 7-year-old female relative. The assault was broadcast during a remote learning class. The 21-year-old defendant pleaded guilty to felony sexual assault for the attack that occurred in October 2020 during the height of the pandemic. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped two other felony counts and an unrelated weapons charge count. 

The assault occurred while the victim was at home and participating in a remote learning class during the COVID-19 pandemic. During a break, the teacher asked students to mute their computers and turn off their cameras. The victim muted her computer but did not turn off her camera. The teacher witnessed the assault taking place and called the principal of the school. The principal contacted the girl’s family, and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services was notified of the assault. When the girl was asked about the assault, she told authorities that it had happened before. The 21-year-old defendant was arrested and charged with the sexual assault of a minor.

Criminal Sexual Assault Under Illinois Law

A Chicago man was recently found guilty of the rape of a 15-year-old girl while she was walking home in 2017. The 66-year-old defendant had been charged with two counts of rape, attempted rape, criminal confinement, armed robbery, and battery with a deadly weapon. The defendant was convicted on each of the seven counts and faces a maximum prison sentence of 146 years behind bars. The defendant rejected a 40-year prison sentence in a plea deal offered by the state. 

According to the charges, the defendant had followed the 15-year-old girl down the street as she was walking home. He dragged her into an alley, where he raped her, according to prosecutors. The same defendant has another count of rape filed against him. He has been charged in Chicago with raping another woman at knifepoint in East Chicago. 

Sexual Assault Charges in Chicago, IL

A 30-year-old Chicago police officer is facing charges that he sexually abused minors. In March, the officer was charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a minor. The Sheriff’s Department later uncovered evidence from his cell phone that he sexually abused other minors and recorded the abuse on his cell phone. The officer met his victims while working in his official capacity as a police officer in Cook County. He has since been charged with aggravated sexual abuse, two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor, and manufacturing child pornography. Investigators say that he invited the minors to spend the night at his home.

Aggravated Sexual Abuse

Illinois employs severe penalties for those who are convicted of sexual assault. Defendants face years in prison when convicted of sex crimes in Illinois. Judges are never authorized to grant probation in these cases. Prison time is required by law. In these cases, a defendant will serve a minimum of four years on the least aggressive charges filed against them. All defendants are required to register as sex offenders. 

Chicago police have charged a 31-year-old man with sexual assault. The suspect is accused of coming up behind the woman and groping her before running away. The incident occurred while she was trying to enter a nearby apartment. The woman had arrived in Chicago from out of town to visit friends. The suspect has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, unlawful restraint, and another count of aggravated robbery. 

The incident occurred on July 8th. The suspect was not apprehended immediately, leaving residents of the Lincoln Park neighborhood in fear. The suspect was later taken into custody the following day when surveillance images identified him as the 31-year-old culprit. Police released images of the suspect from a CTA station. 

Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault

A Chicago man has been charged with using the popular social media platform Snapchat to solicit sexually explicit videos from minors. This is not a unique case, as those charged with sexual predation often use the internet to find victims. It is, however, illegal to attempt to solicit sexual photos and videos from individuals that the perpetrator knows are underage. The key here, however, is what the perpetrator knew at the time.

For that reason, when law enforcement approaches an individual that they believe is using social media platforms to sexually exploit children and teenagers, they have to tell the suspect what their age is. In these cases, they can establish that the individual was targeting someone they knew was a minor. It is not illegal, only unseemly, to ask women over the age of 18 for sexually explicit content. 

Analyzing Sexual Exploitation Prosecutions

A Chicago police officer has been recently charged with a sex crime after he was accused of having a sexual relationship with a child. Police are remaining silent about the child’s age and gender but have charged the officer based on the child’s self-reported allegations. According to police, the attack occurred in a parking lot. The victim knew the attacker and identified him as a 30-year-old police officer in good standing with CPD. 

In a case like this, the child will be interviewed by the Children’s Advocacy Center in conjunction with CPD’s Internal Affairs and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. The officer has since been charged with a felony count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against a child as well as aggravated battery in public.

According to authorities, the attack was violent. The officer is accused of groping the victim and then striking them. The defendant has been released on a $10,000 bond and is required to have no contact with the victim or anyone under the age of 18. 

A college football player is facing serious charges of sexual assault after authorities say that he pushed a woman into a stairwell, knocking her unconscious and then raping her. The force of the shove left her with a fractured spine. He is now facing charges of felony sexual assault and misdemeanor domestic violence. 

According to the allegations, the football player accused the woman of cheating on him. The argument grew tenser, and he pushed the woman into a stairwell. The woman was injured enough that she lost mobility, and she began pleading with the football player to call an ambulance. He refused, and instead, he raped her. 

Had he called an ambulance, he would have likely faced charges for misdemeanor domestic violence, been required to take an anger management course, and possibly been able to establish himself at another university. But the event did not unfold that way, and he is now facing criminal sexual assault charges that would include significant prison time. At this point, he has been suspended indefinitely, pending the outcome of the investigation. 

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