A Chicago man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting someone in Aurora just two days after he was released from prison, authorities said.

Joseph E. Baker Jr., 40, of the 4200 block of West Carroll Avenue, accepted the sentence in exchange for a guilty plea to criminal sexual assault, officials with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office said in a Press release.

On Aug. 20, 2021, the victim drove Baker from a home in Chicago to her mother’s home in Aurora, prosecutors said. During the trip, Baker asked the victim if she was interested in engaging in sexual acts with him, and she refused, according to the news release.

The victim had known Baker since she was a little girl, authorities said.

When they arrived at Baker’s mother’s home, Baker locked the victim in a room, refused to allow her to leave, and sexually assaulted her, the statement said.

Baker had just been released from prison after he was convicted in 2012 of criminal sexual assault of a minor. He served a four-and-a-half-year prison sentence, but then repeatedly violated the terms of his probation and was returned to prison multiple times, authorities said.

Baker must serve at least 85% of his new sentence, authorities said.


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