A former Lake County firefighter charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Deerfield has been sentenced to 45 days in jail after taking a plea deal on reduced charges.
Cory S. Powers, 43, of the 200 block of Deerfield Road in Deerfield, was charged in July 2019 with one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony, according to court records.
The Deerfield Police Department said at the time that a warrant was issued for Powers following a nine-month investigation by detectives.
Deerfield Police Department Commander Juan Mazariegos said that the victim knew Powers and he was visiting her at her home in Deerfield on September 18, 2018.
The woman reported that she went to bed after she thought Powers had left.
Mazariegos said that Powers had actually stayed in the home and sexually assaulted the woman inside of her bedroom.
The woman told Powers to stop but he allegedly continued and held her down, causing bruises on her arms, Mazariegos said.
Powers was arrested and released from custody after posting 10% of a $750,000 bond.
Powers is a former firefighter with the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District, where he had worked for 12 years since early 2007.
Powers was terminated in May 2019 following an investigation by the fire district, Fire Chief Tom Krueger told the Pioneer Press.
Court records show Powers entered into a negotiated plea deal with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office on March 2.
He pleaded guilty to one count of criminal trespass to a residence, a Class 4 felony, and one count of misdemeanor battery.
In exchange, prosecutors dismissed Powers’ aggravated criminal sexual assault charge.
In a victim impact statement, the victim told the judge that the assault “changed everything about me and my life.”
Lake County Judge Patricia Fix approved the plea deal and sentenced Powers to 45 days in the Lake County Jail, 24 months of probation, 30 hours of public service and 24 months of supervised supervision.
Powers was also ordered to undergo a substance abuse evaluation and treatment and ordered to have no contact with the victim.
Steve Spagnolo, a spokesperson for the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that the case was an “extremely difficult case.”
“Our office has had the same prosecutor on this matter since the charges were filed in 2019. We would not have entered this plea without the survivor’s agreement and consent. We must balance supporting the survivor with keeping the public safe. Looking at all the facts, we have achieved that in this case,” Spagnolo said.