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5 years in prison for Uber driver who sexually abused McHenry County woman during ride

Ahmed R. Tawfeeq, 29, of Elgin.

A 29-year-old Uber driver found guilty of attempted sexual assault of a Prairie Grove woman during an Uber ride and trying to promote her into prostitution was sentenced to five years in prison.

Ahmed R. Tawfeeq, 29, of the 1100 block of Braeburn Drive in Elgin, was found guilty in November by Judge Robert Wilbrandt of attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery, unlawful restraint and promoting prostitution, following a bench trial.

Tawfeeq was sentenced on Friday by Judge Wilbrandt to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of mandatory supervised release on the charge of attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault.

Prosecutors said that Tawfeeq, who was working as an Uber driver, gave the victim a ride on June 16, 2017 from her job in Elgin to her home in Prairie Grove, which is a small town northeast of Crystal Lake in Nunda Township.

The woman testified at trial that Tawfeeq stopped the Uber ride early and pulled into the parking lot of a homeowner’s association where he began to sexually assault her.

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Court documents also show that Tawfeeq was charged with solicitation of a witness after he offered to pay $6,000 to another man to “harm, threaten, or kidnap” a woman who was expected to testify against Tawfeeq.

Tawfeeq was also sentenced to five years for aggravated criminal sexual abuse, three years for aggravated battery, two years for unlawful restraint and two years for promoting prostitution.

Those sentences will be served concurrently, meaning Tawfeeq will only serve five years total. Under Illinois truth in sentencing guidelines, the man could be released from prison after only 2 ½ years.

The investigation was led by Deputy Chief Michael Freese of the Prairie Grove Police Department and the case was prosecuted by Mary Ann Scholl and Taylor Nesbit of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.


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