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updated: 6/5/2012 3:39 PM

Police: Suspect in Batavia rape drove victim to hospital

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  • Michael L. Jett

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A Batavia man accused of raping a 48-year-old woman last week drove her to an Aurora hospital to seek treatment for her injuries, police said Tuesday.

Michael L. Jett, 54, was being held on $3 million bail after being charged with 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, according to court records and police.

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Jett was arrested Friday on the 200 block of South River Street, Batavia, after personnel at Provena Mercy Hospital in Aurora notified Batavia police that a patient they were treating was the victim of a suspected sexual assault.

"Apparently, he (Jett) drove her," Batavia Police Detective Kevin Bretz said.

Bretz said investigators Tuesday afternoon were having a follow-up interview with the woman, who has been released from the hospital, to find out her relationship to Jett, if she also was living at the home and to get more information about the crime overall.

Bretz said additional charges were possible based upon what the victim tells police.

According to court documents, the attack took place between May 29 and Friday. Jett, who has a history of drug abuse and domestic violence, used a "foreign object" to violate the victim.

Bretz declined to comment further on the matter and what was found when police executed a search warrant at the home and arrested Jett.

"It's a very serious case," he said. "We just want to make sure we conduct a very thorough investigation and we'll let the courts take it from there."

Jett is due in court Wednesday morning and faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

He also has a pending aggravated domestic abuse case pending from September 2011 against another woman. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted in that case.

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