DeMarco Whitley, a former Glenbard West High School football player, was convicted of raping a 15-year-old girl. Whitley was convicted of four counts of felony criminal sexual assault and could face between four and 15 years in prison on each count.
No one disputed that Whitley, who is now 19, had sex with the unidentified girl, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. At issue was whether the sex was consensual. Whitley claims that his friend and teammate, Pierre Washington-Steele, introduced him to the girl earlier that evening and the girl agreed to have sex with the two men simultaneously in Washington-Steele’s car.
Whitley claims that he never met the girl before, did not exchange names with the girl, and never even asked her name before she agreed to the threesome, reports the Sun-Times. What a lucky man, prosecutors said derisively.
The girl admits that she knew Washington-Steele, but disputes that she agreed to have sex with the two men. The judge agreed and convicted Whitley of sexual assault.
In Illinois, sexual assault is considered a class 1 felony, and Whitley faces a 15-year penalty on each charge. Had Whitley injured the victim in the rape, he could have been charged with aggravated sexual assault and faced a 30-year prison term. However, the girl was reportedly uninjured in the assault.
DeMarco Whitley awaits sentencing for raping the 15-year-old girl. It should be noted that his cohort, Pierre Washington-Steele, avoided criminal penalties because he died shortly after the rape. In a strange twist, the pair got into a car accident just an hour after the rape. Washington-Steele died while Whitley suffered serious injuries.