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Derrick Rose’s lawyers say accused rape was consensual

The legal counsel for 28-year-old New York Knicks player Derrick Rose insisted on Wednesday, October 5 that the woman bringing rape charges against Rose willingly had sex with him at Rose’s mansion in Beverly Hills. The plaintiff is also accusing two of Rose’s friends with the rape of an impaired woman.

Rose’s lawyers said the text messages the woman sent to Rose after a party indicated that the woman was lucid and not intoxicated after leaving Rose’s mansion. A clip from a deposition showed Rose saying “No” when asked if he understood what consent meant. The plaintiff’s attorneys argued  “His friends may have pushed this issue, but all three certainly knew that she was severely intoxicated, she could not consent and she would have never consented.”

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Former police officer pleads guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse

32-year-old Jerad Gale, a former police officer for both the Champaign City Police Department and the Monticello Police Department in Illinois, pleaded guilty on Friday, May 27 to two felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in two separate cases involving two women in Champaign City Court.

Gale was given a jail sentence of six months, 48 months of probation, and a lifetime registration as a sexual offender as part of a deal that included a guilty plea on an identical Class 2 charge on another victim in Piatt County. His sentence began on Friday, June 3 in Piatt County, and will be served concurrently for all three charges. Gale was originally charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault of a 22-year-old woman with bodily harm, which included a strained neck and bruised arm. He was also charged with aggravated domestic battery for choking the victim and refusing to let her breathe while he sexually assaulted her.

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Champaign police officer waives right to jury trial in sexual assault case

Thirty-one-year-old Champaign, Illinois police officer Jerad Gale, who is charged with sexual assault involving three women in two counties, waived his right to a jury trial in one of the cases, which was set to start the first week of May.

According to the Champaign News-Gazette, Gale made the request on Friday, April 29. He is charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault involving a 27-year-old woman with whom he lived in Monticello in a trial scheduled to begin on Monday, May 2. Evan Bruno, Gale’s legal counsel, has yet to say if Gale and local prosecutors are arranging a plea deal in lieu of a jury trial.

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Man sentenced to 14 years in jail for sexual assault

Wednesday, March 16, Judge Heidi Ladd sentenced 42-year-old Mark Doeden, of Urbana, Illinois, to 14 years of imprisonment and required him to register for the rest of his life as a sex offender. The sentencing reflected the Illinois recommendation to the judge when Doeden pled guilty in December 2015 to charges of criminal sexual assault.

Doeden has confessed that he engaged in sexual activities with a child under the age of 18 in May 2015. A more serious charge and a lesser charge alleging sexual acts were dropped as a result of his guilty plea.

Urbana police investigator, Tim McNaught, said an examination of computers and phones that were confiscated in Doeden’s apartment in Champaign in June 2015 revealed “literally thousands of computer-generated child pornography images”.

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Illinois teacher charged with sexual abuse asks for bail reduction

Twenty-nine-year-old Mokena, Illinois resident and former Herscher High School Social Studies teacher and coach David Murphy appeared in Kendall County Court on Thursday, January 7 to ask for reduction of his $250,000 bond. Murphy has been charged with nine felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and aggravated battery for allegedly assaulting six students – four girls and two boys – at a motel room in Yorkville in December 2015.

Frank Lipuma of Chicago, Murphy’s legal counsel, said Murphy and his girlfriend are expecting a baby and that the $25,000 bail Murphy’s family had already posted on Saturday, January 2, has been causing serious financial problems. Lipuma also told Judge McCann that Murphy has no history of criminal misconduct, and that the defendant has received eleven medals for his service in the military.

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Bill Cosby appearances canceled over sexual assault allegations

Public appearances and entertainment performances by 77-year-old comedian William Henry “Bill” Cosby, Jr., slated for occurrence in Nevada, Arizona, Washington, Illinois, and South Carolina, have all been canceled as more women accused the entertainer of sexually assaulting them decades ago, The Pueblo Chieftain reported on November 21.

The Diamond Desert casino in Tucson, Arizona canceled his February 15 show. Two other appearances for April 2015 in Champaign, Illinois, and other shows slated for February 2015 in Reno, Nevada and in Florence, South Carolina, were also nixed.

California attorney Tamara Green, one of the women who lodged accusations of sexual assault against Cosby, agreed to testify in court about the incident.

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Case of sexual assault in an adult bookstore to be tried soon

Thirty-six-year-old Champaign resident Paul Zindar has been sued by a female employee of an adult book store, her employer, and the company’s insurance provider due to allegations that Zindar sexually assaulted the woman in question, the Paxton Record reported on August 1.

According to the civil complaint against Zindars, LM Insurance Corp. paid $138,867 in disability and medical costs for an employee of The Lion’s Den after Zindars allegedly locked the employee inside an office, pinned her to the ground, and tried to sexually assault her on July 31, 2012.

Zindars is set to make an appearance in the Iroquois County Circuit Court on August 12. He pleaded not guilty to one count of misdemeanor battery and felony charges of criminal sexual abuse and unlawful restraint. He may use insanity as a defense.

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Man who sexually attacked University of Illinois student sentenced to 60 years in jail

Judge Richard Klaus sentenced 33-year-old Urbana, Illinois resident Gregory Hayes, Jr. to the maximum term of 60 years in prison after being convicted of aggravated criminal sexual assault when he followed a University of Illinois student and sexually attacked her. The lengthy sentence was due in part to a previous conviction in 1996 for the same offense.

Hayes will have to serve at least 51 years of his jail term.

Klaus said he based his sentence on the fact that he found the victim “credible and dignified,” the two male witnesses “credible, selfless, and heroic,” and Hayes “wholly non-credible.”

A Champaign County jury convicted Hayes in October for following an 18-year-old woman at around 3 a.m. on April 7, 2013 at Springfield and Busey Avenues in Urbana to Allen Hall. Hayes was seen on video footage grabbing her from behind, knocking her to the ground, and putting a hand inside her skirt, sexually assaulting her. He was stopped by two men who heard the woman’s screams.

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Hearing on U.S. Naval Academy sexual assault case coming to an end

On Tuesday, September 3, the hearing regarding charges of sexual assault against a female U.S. Naval Academy student concluded with Special Agent Michelle Robinson testifying from Bahrain through video teleconference that the alleged victim of rape confessed to her that she herself wasn’t sure whether she voluntarily agreed to have sexual intercourse with the men involved in the case or not.

The woman allegedly told Robinson that she was heavily intoxicated on the night of the April 2012 off-campus party in Annapolis, Maryland, and that she was confused about what happened.

After wrapping up the statements of the witnesses, an investigative officer will consider the weight of the evidence gathered and will make recommendations to the academy’s superintendent.

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University of Illinois student charged with sexual assault

A 21-year-old University of Illinois student with disabilities has been charged with the sexual assault of another student.

The alleged incident took place after a night of drinking at a bar in Champaign close to the university. The disabled student, his caretaker, and a female student with disabilities all returned to the student’s house after the bar.

According to the female student, the caretaker aided in the sexual assault attack that was carried out in the early morning hours on Friday. The woman, who requires a wheelchair to get around, reported the incident to a friend who alerted the authorities. The 21-year-old student was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault.

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