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posted: 4/9/2012 7:12 PM

Sex offender on probation accused of attacking Elgin woman

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  • Victor J. Ocampo

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A 21-year-old Elgin man on probation for a 2010 sex offense has been charged with attacking a woman he persuaded to give him a ride home from a bar, authorities said.

Victor J. Ocampo, of the 300 block of Bent Street, was arrested Saturday and charged with aggravated battery in a public place, aggravated battery while armed with a knife, and aggravated unlawful restraint, according to court records.

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Authorities said the charges stem from a fight at about 6 a.m. Friday after a 22-year-old woman gave Ocampo a ride home from a bar. The woman stopped her car on Wildmere Drive near Elgin after learning it was a dead-end street, and she told Ocampo to get out, authorities said.

"That's when she realized something might be wrong," said Kane County Sheriff's Department Lt. Pat Gengler. "She actually used the utility knife initially to fight him off."

The two struggled and she grabbed a knife from her car, authorities said. She also activated the OnStar system on her car to call for help before Ocampo ran away, officials said. He is accused of choking, punching and dragging her, court records show.

The woman had minor injuries, but Ocampo had cuts on his face and went to Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin for treatment, officials said. Sheriff deputies investigating found him there and saw that Ocampo's wounds matched the victim's description. He was arrested Saturday after being released from the hospital.

He is being held at the Kane County jail on $50,000 bail and is due in court again on Friday.

If convicted of the most serious offense, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

According to court records, Ocampo was on sex offender probation until November 2012 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor sexual abuse.

Ocampo was charged in January 2010 with putting a gun to the head of a 15-year-old girl in Elgin and forcing her to have sex.

Prosecutors dropped several felony sex charges against him in exchange for pleading guilty to the misdemeanor, paying a $710 fine, not having unsupervised contact with minors and registering as a sex offender for 10 years.

Ocampo also spent 167 days in jail while that case was pending and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had the option of deporting him because he was in the country illegally.

ICE spokeswoman Gail Montenegro could not immediately provide information on what happened with Ocampo's case.

Because of this weekend's arrest, Kane prosecutors also have the option of bringing Ocampo back in front of a judge on charges that he violated his probation.

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