A 50-year-old man was sentenced on Tuesday to 12 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting a woman at a residence in Zion.
Luis F. Rosales, 50, of the 2900 block of Gideon Avenue in Zion, was charged in December 2019 with two counts of criminal sexual assault.
A jury trial in the case concluded on March 23.
The jury found Rosales guilty of one count of criminal sexual assault by the use or threat of force and one count of criminal sexual assault of a victim unable to give consent.
Prosecutors said that Rosales sexually assaulted a young adult woman in a residence in Zion in October 2018.
After the verdict, Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes ordered Rosales to be placed into custody while awaiting his sentencing hearing.
Rosales had been out on bond prior to the trial after he posted 10% of his $150,000 bond following his arrest.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office said that under the new SAFE-T Act law going into effect next year, defendants charged in sexual assault and other violent cases will no longer be able to post cash bond after their arrest if a judge orders them detained.
On Tuesday, Shanes sentenced Rosales to 12 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Both charges Rosales was convicted of are Class 1 felonies and he faced up to 15 years in prison.
Assistant State’s Attorney Lauren Walker read a statement written by the victim during the sentencing hearing about how the assault affected her.
Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said he was satisfied that Shanes sentenced Rosales to the higher end of the sentencing range.
“This sentence makes Lake County safer. Violent attacks upon anyone will not [be] tolerated, and we applaud the survivor for her courage,” Rinehart said.
Court records show Rosales will receive 572 days of credit for time already served in the county jail.