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Homeless Man Found Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Woman Near Illinois Prairie Path

Homeless Man Found Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Woman Near Illinois Prairie Path
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Homeless Man Found Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Woman Near Illinois Prairie Path

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced that yesterday evening a jury found a homeless man guilty of sexually assaulting a woman near the Illinois Prairie Path in 2018. The jury returned their verdict against Robert Davison, 44 (d.o.b. 9/16/1979) following a three-day trial in front of Judge Margaret O’Connell and approximately two-and-one-half hours of deliberations. In all, the jury found Davison guilty of twelve counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, a Class X Felony and one count of Unlawful Restraint, a Class 4 Felony. On May 21, 2018, Davison appeared in Bond Court where his bond was set at $750,000 with 10% to apply. He has remained in custody at the DuPage County Jail since that time.

On May 18, 2018, at approximately 12:30 a.m., the Wheaton Police Department was notified of someone screaming for help near the PADS Shelter in Wheaton. Upon their arrival, officers found the victim with dirt on her face and scratches and cuts to her upper body. Through the course of their investigation, authorities learned that at approximately 12:30 that night, Davison approached the victim near the Illinois Prairie Path and demanded sex from her. When the woman declined, Davison dragged her into a wooded area by her hair and sexually assaulted her. Following the assault, Davison fled. Wheaton police identified Davison as a suspect in the assault and he was taken into custody without incident two days later.

“Survivors of sexual assaults face a long, difficult road to recovery,” Berlin said. “The physical and emotional damage inflicted upon them can leave survivors to suffer not only at the time of the assault, but possibly for years to come. I wish the survivor in this case the best and it is my hope that Mr. Davison’s guilty verdict will provide her some measure of solace as she moves on from this horrible assault. I thank the jury for their service during the trial as well as Judge O’Connell for ensuring a fair trial for both sides. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys James Scaliatine and Cathy Nusgart for their efforts in holding Mr. Davison responsible for his actions.”

Davison’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 7, 2024, for return of the Pre-Sentence Report. He faces a penalty of up to ninety years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.


El fiscal estatal del condado de DuPage, Robert Berlin, anunció que ayer por la tarde un jurado declaró culpable a un hombre sin hogar de agredir sexualmente a una mujer cerca de Illinois Prairie Path en 2018. El jurado emitió su veredicto contra Robert Davison, de 44 años (nacido el 16 de septiembre de 1979) tras un juicio de tres días ante la jueza Margaret O’Connell y aproximadamente dos horas y media de deliberaciones. En total, el jurado declaró a Davison culpable de doce cargos de agresión sexual criminal agravada, un delito grave de clase X y un cargo de restricción ilegal, un delito grave de clase 4. El 21 de mayo de 2018, Davison compareció ante el Tribunal de Fianzas, donde su fianza se fijó en $750,000 con un 10% a aplicar. Ha permanecido bajo custodia en la cárcel del condado de DuPage desde entonces.

El 18 de mayo de 2018, aproximadamente a las 12:30 a. m., se notificó al Departamento de Policía de Wheaton que alguien gritaba pidiendo ayuda cerca del refugio PADS en Wheaton. A su llegada, los agentes encontraron a la víctima con suciedad en la cara y rasguños y cortes en la parte superior del cuerpo. A lo largo de su investigación, las autoridades se enteraron de que aproximadamente a las 12:30 de esa noche, Davison se acercó a la víctima cerca de Illinois Prairie Path y le exigió sexo. Cuando la mujer se negó, Davison la arrastró por el cabello a una zona boscosa y la agredió sexualmente. Tras el asalto, Davison huyó. La policía de Wheaton identificó a Davison como sospechoso del asalto y fue detenido sin incidentes dos días después.

“Los supervivientes de agresiones sexuales se enfrentan a un camino largo y difícil hacia la recuperación”, afirmó Berlin. “El daño físico y emocional que se les inflige puede hacer que los supervivientes sufran no sólo en el momento de la agresión, sino posiblemente durante los años venideros. Le deseo lo mejor a la sobreviviente en este caso y tengo la esperanza de que el veredicto de culpabilidad del Sr. Davison le brinde cierto consuelo mientras supera este horrible asalto. Agradezco al jurado por su servicio durante el juicio, así como al juez O’Connell por garantizar un juicio justo para ambas partes. También agradezco a los fiscales estatales adjuntos James Scaliatine y Cathy Nusgart por sus esfuerzos para responsabilizar al Sr. Davison por sus acciones”.

La próxima comparecencia de Davison ante el tribunal está prevista para el 7 de marzo de 2024, para la devolución del informe previo a la sentencia. Se enfrenta a una pena de hasta noventa años en el Departamento Correccional de Illinois.

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