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posted: 6/4/2012 7:25 PM

$3 million bail for Batavia man in rape case

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  • Michael L. Jett

    Michael L. Jett


A 54-year-old Batavia man was being held on $3 million bail after his weekend arrest, charging him with raping a woman and violating her with a "foreign object," according to court records.

Michael L. Jett, of the 200 block of South River Street, faces eight counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault -- two of which threatened the life of the victim -- and six counts of criminal sexual assault by force, police said.

The most serious charges carry up to 30 years in prison. Jett is due in court Wednesday.

Batavia police Detective Kevin Bretz could not immediately be reached for comment, but the department issued a news release that said officers began investigating after officials from Provena Mercy Hospital in Aurora said they were treating a 48-year-old woman who had been the victim of a sexual assault that took place from May 29 through Friday.

Police said they executed a search warrant Friday afternoon at a residence on the 200 block of South River Street to gather evidence and arrested Jett there.

According to court documents, Jett raped the woman, threatened to kill her and violated her several times with a foreign object.

Jett was free on bond from felony charges of aggravated domestic battery in September 2011 in Batavia. In that case, Jett is accused of inserting a tube into a woman, creating "serious medical complications resulting in prolonged hospitalization," according to court records.

That felony carries a sentence of up to seven years in prison term if convicted.

Defense attorney Bruce Self, who is representing Jett on the domestic case, could not immediately be reached for comment Monday. Jett has been appointed a public defender for the most recent rape charges.

In 1991, he served six months in jail and 30 months' probation after St. Charles police picked him up for cocaine possession.

In 2007, he was arrested on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance and sentenced to two years' probation. He failed to complete his probation and was sent to prison for 18 months in February 2009.

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