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Rape and Sexual Assault in Chicago

Sexual assault covers a wide range of offenses related to inappropriate or forced sexual contact of another, rape being the most heinous. Rape is non-consensual intercourse committed by force, threat, incapacity to object due to drugs or alcohol, or some other form of duress. Illinois law also considers sex with minors by older individuals as “statutory rape,” meaning the victim was statutorily too young to consent to sex. Other types of sexual assault include groping, inappropriate touching or otherwise unwanted sexual contact.

The consequences of a sexual assault conviction can be devastating, including the requirement to register as a sex offender regardless of the severity of the offense. Hiring an experienced Chicago criminal attorney is the key to ensuring a fair trial. Chicago criminal defense attorneys can often assess your legal issue and help with developing a good defense strategy. You can find an attorney by viewing FindLaw's local directory of Chicago criminal defense attorneys.


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Third Time's Still Not Charming For Serial Plane Passenger Groper

Does this qualify as a three-peat? Srinivasa S. Erramilli, 45, is now a three-time loser after being convicted yesterday of groping a fellow passenger on an airplane. He was previously convicted of the same offense in 1999 and 2002. This time, he was aboard a June 2011 Southwest Airlines flight when he was caught with his hand on a woman’s inner thigh, reports the Chicago Tribune.

The victim, who awoke to the unwanted touching, was sleeping in the window seat. Her husband was sitting in the aisle seat in order to have easier access to the restroom. The two were returning from a trip to celebrate their 34th wedding anniversary. Erramilli was the last person to board the plane and took the only seat left, between the two spouses.

Halloween Sex Offender Laws Every Parent Should Know

Myth: Sex offenders are not allowed to pass out candy on Halloween.

Reality: While there is a restriction on those who are on parole or probation, the vast majority of sex offenders are free to dress in costumes, hand out candy, and even go trick-or-treating.

Pedophile 3-Peat Over the Weekend: Three Separate Arrests

Joe V. Hymon, 44, of Oak Park, was arrested after the Oak Park Police Department was notified that an IP address that was using a file sharing program to download and upload child porn was traced back to an Oak Park address. An IP address is the electronic equivalent of a physical address. When police arrived at his address, they found two computers with more than 700 pornographic videos and images of children, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Aidan T. Lowry, 22, of Chicago, allegedly solicited children for the purpose of sexual relations. He contacted two minors, ages 12 and 13, after meeting them via Facebook and maintaining contact via chat and text messaging, reports the Tribune. He attempted to meet the children in Morton Grove, but fortunately, the meeting never happened.

Dentist Acquitted of One Fondling; Faces Trial for Another

They say, "Where there's smoke, there's fire." Prior to today's ruling, it looked like Dr. Ernest Panos, 81, was going to be on the hook for two sexual abuse charges against two different girls. At his age, a conviction on either charge would almost certainly mean death behind bars. Today, he was acquitted of the first charge, reports the Chicago Tribune.

For his defense team, that's one down and one to go. Dr. Panos' charges got extra attention in the media due to the timing of the charges. He was arrested in August of 2010 for charges related to today's case. He was released shortly thereafter when prosecutors declined to press charges. However, he was picked up again a few months later when the charges were re-filed.

Illinois Supreme Court: She's 17; Sex Okay, Pictures Not!

It's not often that we, or the Illinois Supreme Court, get to ask the question: when is child porn actually child porn? It's usually pretty obvious. However, there are occasionally borderline cases, and the oft-mocked U.S. Supreme Court obscenity test of "I know it when I see it" doesn't exactly provide a great litmus test for the pervert with a camera.

This week, however, the Illinois Supreme Court answered that question when a case highlighting the incongruities of consent laws versus child pornography laws made its way to the highest court in the state, reports CBS Chicago.

On Monday, a Berwyn doctor was found guilty of sexually assaulting one of his patients while examining the woman for cold symptoms, the Chicago Tribune reports.

According to the Cook County state's attorney's office, many other patients of 53-year-old Ricardo Arze have reported similar experiences. Arze is also facing a separate charge for practicing medicine after his license had been suspended.

On Saturday morning, Ron Psenka heard a woman being assaulted outside his Lincoln Square home. After telling his wife to call 911, he ran outside barefoot and chased the woman’s assailant down the street with a shovel, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Psenka was eventually able to flag down officers to make the arrest. Admon Shasho, the alleged attacker, is currently being held on aggravated criminal sexual assault and attempted robbery charges.

George Sabie Convicted of Juvenile Center Sexual Assault

There's nothing new about sexual predators finding positions where they will have authority over youths. Most famously, Jerry Sandusky is facing multiple charges of sexually assaulting several boys at Penn State as he ran a charitable foundation that was supposed to help many of his young alleged victims.

But on a smaller scale, teachers, coaches, and religious leaders are also being charged with abusing children under their care. Now you can add juvenile detention center employee to that list. George Sabie, a 55-year-old worker at the Illinois Youth Center in Joliet, was convicted this week of a juvenile center sexual assault.

Police: Teens Forced Girl to Perform Sex Act at Lincoln Park HS

Three teens are facing misdemeanor sexual abuse charges for allegedly forcing a girl to perform sex acts on them at Lincoln Park High School, reports WLS-TV.

Chicago police claim Jewvon Davis, 19, Kenneth Esco, 19, and a 17-year-old male threatened to beat up a 16-year-old girl’s friend if she didn’t perform the sex acts. The incident allegedly occurred last Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in a Lincoln Park High School stairwell.

Davis has since been released on $5,000 bond, and the 17-year-old is being charged as a juvenile.

Ex-UIC Soccer Player, Volunteer Coach Charged with Brutal Rape

A former soccer player and volunteer coach at the University of Illinois at Chicago has been charged with criminal sexual assault and unlawful restraint in the rape of a 26-year-old woman, reports ABC 7 News.

Twenty-five-year-old Michael Griffin is accused of raping a woman he met at a bar several times in her Bucktown apartment, threatening to kill her and then choking her until she was unconscious, according to prosecutors.