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updated: 6/7/2012 5:54 PM

Court documents: Woman held captive, raped repeatedly by man

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  • Michael L. Jett

    Michael L. Jett


A 48-year-old woman was held prisoner at a Batavia home last week for at least three days, where she was repeatedly raped, denied food and was possibly recorded while being assaulted, according to court documents.

Michael L. Jett, 54, of the 200 block of South River Street, Batavia, was arrested June 1 after police searched his home after the woman told officials at Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora she had been sexually assaulted.

Jett was being held on $3 million bail and faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

According to a search warrant, the victim told authorities Jett had basically terrorized her since May 29.

According to the search warrant, police interviewed the victim June 1 after Jett drove her to the hospital that morning.

According to court documents, hospital personnel told police the victim had been brought to the hospital by a male companion. The woman was extremely intoxicated and was arguing with a male companion -- at one point saying to him, "Are you going to tell them that you raped me?" -- before the man left the hospital.

The woman told police that Jett " ... had threatened to kill her if she told anyone about what happened during this incident currently under investigation" and for the past three to four days, she was held captive at the residence while "Jett raped her repeatedly."

The woman said she was tied to a bed with a scarf, and Jett called her employer, saying she was too sick to come to work for four days.

The woman also said Jett forced her to shave him with a straight razor, telling detectives "she wished she killed him when she had the razor," according to court documents.

The woman told police she endured other forms of violent assault.

Batavia police detectives said they were familiar with Jett because of another investigation in which he "committed similar acts" against another woman and was charged.

"The Batavia Police Department has previously recovered images and digital media that the offender has used to record his sexual encounters," the warrant added.

According to court records, Jett was free on bond after being charged in September 2011 with aggravated domestic battery in Batavia.

In that case, Jett is accused of violating a woman to the extent he caused "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.

Jett had a brief court appearance Wednesday after which Kane County Assistant State's Attorney Alice Tracy declined to comment on the rape case or whether additional charges were possible.

"It's still under investigation," she said.

A phone message left with Batavia Police Detective Kevin Bretz, who said this week that Jett drove the victim to the hospital, was not immediately returned.

Jett is due in court again June 20.

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