Guilty Verdict/July Trial Sex Assault
(Lake County, IL) – On Wednesday, March 23, 2022, a jury trial for Luis Rosales concluded in the Lake County courthouse with a “guilty” verdict.
Luis Rosales, 49 years-old, was convicted of one count of Criminal Sexual Assault by the use of threat of force, and one count of Criminal Sexual Assault in that the victim was unable to give knowing consent. Both counts are class 1 felonies.
Zion Police Department arrested Luis Rosales in December 2019 on two counts for the sex crime, which was then alleged to have occurred on October 28, 2018.
Prior to trial, Rosales posted $15,000 cash bond in order to be released after his arrest. But after the verdict, presiding Judge Daniel Shanes ordered that Rosales be placed into custody while awaiting his sentencing date. Defendants who gain freedom by posting money as bond are often ordered into custody after a “guilty” verdict.
Rosales faces up to 15 years in prison.
Under a new law (the SAFE-T Act) going into effect on January 1, 2023, defendants charged with criminal sexual assault (and other violent cases) will not be able to post cash bond if a judge orders them detained at the beginning of the case.
Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart praised four prosecutors who worked on the Rosales case and another case involving Leaving the Scene of a Deadly Accident — both resulting in guilty verdicts today.
“Both trial teams worked very hard to obtain justice for the victims. Our office remains focused on supporting victims and protecting the public as we work to unclog the docket.”
— Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart
Due to the current phase of the pandemic and updated court procedures, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office anticipates an increased number of jury trials.
Assistant State’s Attorneys Lauren Walker and Jason Humke prosecuted the Rosales case.
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