A Chicago man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for an October 2016 home invasion in Park Forest in which a woman was bound with shoelaces and sexually abused, Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said Monday.
A jury in December had found Dexter Harris, 32, guilty of two counts of home invasion, one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of armed robbery, Glasgow’s office said in a news release. Harris was sentenced Thursday, officials said.
Harris is a convicted felon with a long record of criminal offenses, including sexual assaults, robberies, and thefts, Glasgow’s office said.
His office said that Harris has been charged in, or is suspected of committing, other home invasions in Cook County.
According to the release, Harris broke into the woman’s house in the early morning hours of Oct. 9, 2016, forced her at gunpoint to disrobe, then fondled her.
He stole the woman’s debit card and other items, and drove the woman’s car to an ATM then returned the vehicle to her home, according to the release. The victim’s 5-year-old child was in the home during the attack but not harmed, according to the release.
Harris was apprehended Nov. 28, 2016, when Park Forest police officers responded to a report of a suspicious person lurking near an apartment, according to the release.
He gave police the name of his sister, with whom he had been staying, and she allowed detectives to search her residence where they recovered items taken in other home invasions, according to the release.