Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Glendale Heights Man Sentenced to 30 Years for 2016 Sexual Assault
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Henry Morales, 31 (d.o.b. 3/13/1988) formerly of Armitage Avenue, Glendale Heights, has been sentenced to thirty years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for sexually assaulting his former girlfriend in the Spring of 2016. Morales appeared in Court this morning where he entered an agreed plea of guilty to one count of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, a Class X Felony in front of Judge Robert Miller. Morales has been held in the DuPage County Jail since the assault on a $1 Million bond with 10% to apply.
At approximately 1:45 a.m. on March 22, 2016, Morales, armed with a large knife, broke into the home of his former girlfriend in unincorporated West Chicago. Once inside the apartment, Morales sexually assaulted the woman at knifepoint. An investigation into the assault conducted by the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office led to Morales who was taken into custody later the same day without incident.
“This morning, Henry Morales admitted that he broke into his former girlfriend’s home in the middle of the night while she was sleeping and sexually assaulted her,” Berlin said. “His admission of guilt however, does nothing to restore the feeling of safety and security that a home provides and that was once enjoyed by his victim. He violated the sanctity of her home, he violated her and for this he will spend a significant amount of time behind bars. I would like to thank DuPage County Sheriff Jim Mendrick and his office for their outstanding work on this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Lee Roupas and Tom Minser for preparing a strong case against Mr. Morales that led to today’s guilty plea.”
Morales will be required to serve 85% of his sentence before being eligible for parole. The sentence also requires that Morales register as a sex offender for life.