Being accused of rape is a horrifying charge for most individuals. Illinois prosecutors tend to seek convictions on these types of charges to the fullest extent. A 27-year-old man was charged with rape after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 53-year-old woman.
Reportedly, the man was a roommate in the home of a woman who had several medical issues. Back in Sept. 2014, the woman was in an ambulance on her way to the hospital for a seizure. While on the ambulance, the man allegedly assaulted her sexually. The woman told police that this occurred while she was having an active seizure, but later on, she dropped the charge. In recent weeks, the woman contacted police and claimed that the man raped her again while she was sleeping.
He was arrested, but eventually, the woman again asked for the charge to be dropped. The woman contacted authorities one last time and requested that the sexual assault charge be reinstated. Authorities arrested him on a recent Friday night and formally charged him with rape. Apparently, he has a previous conviction in 2011 for sexual abuse.
In spite of the man’s prior conviction for sexual abuse, it does not automatically mean he is guilty of the recent rape charge. He has the right to defend against the allegations and confront his accuser in a criminal courtroom. He also has the right to challenge any piece of evidence Illinois prosecutors intend to use against him. If evidence appears to be stacked in favor of the state, plea negotiations may potentially reduce his legal risk. Nevertheless, the gravity of the accusations requires that the accused man and his legal counsel focus on protecting his legal rights while aiming for a favorable resolution that is in his personal interests.
Source: baxterbulletin.com, “Rape suspect appears for hearing“, Josh Dooley, Jan. 26, 2015