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Aurora man who fled courthouse in April gets 10 years for Kendall sex assault

Jesus Avilas
Jesus Avilas

A Kendall County judge has sentenced an Aurora man to 10 years in state prison, following an incident in April when the man fled before sentencing.

Judge Timothy J. McCann sentenced Jesus Avilas, 38, of the 600 block of North Highland Avenue, Aurora, to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on July 9, according to State’s Attorney Eric Weis.

According to Weis, Avilas was sentenced to five years for each of the two counts of criminal sexual assault. By law each sentence will be served consecutively, meaning a total of 10 years. Avilas will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before serving a term of mandatory supervised release of between three years and natural life, Weis said. Avilas will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, Weis said.

Avilas had been found guilty in April of charges of criminal sexual assault stemming from an incident in 2014 where prosecutors said Avilas met a woman, forced her into a motel room in Aurora and repeatedly sexually assaulted her for over an hour, Weis said.

Avilas fled the courthouse in Yorkville, however, before McCann announced the verdict, according to Weis. Weis said members of the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office located Avilas in southern Illinois within days of his fleeing the courthouse and he was taken back to Kendall County to await sentencing.

Weis said that during the four-day bench trial, the prosecution presented multiple witnesses, including the adult female victim, along with DNA forensic evidence and interviews with Avilas.

Weis said the woman “gave a very detailed and disturbing account of how she met Avilas, how he forced her from a car and into a motel room in Aurora, where he repeatedly sexually assaulted her for over an hour back in 2014.”

Avilas was identified using DNA evidence recovered from the victim, Weis said. During an initial interrogation, Avilas denied knowing the woman, but when confronted with DNA evidence he then claimed the sex was consensual but he had used a false name to avoid anyone knowing who he was, Weis said.

Weis said Avilas “testified on his own behalf at trial,” again claiming that the sex was consensual. In a six-page decision, McCann “discredited Avilas’ version of events and found the victim and the physical evidence presented by the prosecution to be reliable and credible,” Weis said.

Weis said that during the sentencing hearing, the victim “presented an emotional statement to the court about the lasting effects of this crime on her and her family,” and Avilas submitted a written statement.

Weis praised the victim for cooperating with law enforcement and reporting this crime.

“Without the courage of the victim in this case, Avilas would have never been brought to justice,” he said.

Weis also commended the sheriff’s office for their work on the investigation of the case.

Weis prosecuted the case while attorney Victoria Chuffo represented Avilas.  

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