Chicago, IL-(ENEWSPF)- A Chicago man appeared in bond court Saturday facing charges alleging that he engaged in a series sex acts with a 12-year-old victim who he met at a Lowe’s home improvement store, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Roy Burrell, 28, of the 1000 block of East 71st St., is charged with one count of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault (Class X Felony). If convicted, he faces 6-60 years in prison.
According to prosecutors, Burrell was working as a stock clerk at a Lowe’s store in Chicago when he spotted the victim and her mother shopping. Burrell attempted to say hello to the victim and then followed her to a bathroom in the store. When the victim exited Burrell engaged her in conversation, kissed her, and gave her a piece of paper with his cell phone number written on it.
During the next two days, Burrell and the victim had a several phone conversations. On July 21, 2014 Burrell called the victim’s grandmother’s home and arranged to meet up with the victim. Burrell met the victim on a corner outside the home and the pair took the CTA and a train to an apartment building where Burrell retrieved a vehicle.
Prosecutors allege that Burrell drove the victim to several different locations and sexually assaulted the victim multiple times in the backseat of the vehicle. Burrell then drove to a liquor store where he bought the victim and himself alcohol. Burrell eventually dropped the victim off near the location where he had initially picked her up.
The victim was found by her mother lying in a concrete courtyard at 12:30am on July 22, 2014. At the time, the victim’s mother noticed the smell of alcohol on her breath and saw that the victim was extremely disoriented. The victim was taken by ambulance to Roseland hospital where a rape kit was done.
Burrell was arrested on July 24 and he appeared in bond court on Saturday at the George Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago where Judge James Brown set his bond at $300,000.
The public is reminded that criminal charging documents contain allegations that are not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the state has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.