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posted: 6/24/2012 4:23 PM

2 years probation in 2008 party assault case

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A 26-year-old Round Lake Beach man, who was accused of sexually assaulting a sleeping teen at a party in 2008, recently was sentenced to two years probation.

Carlos Gomez, of the 400 block of Meadow Green Lane, was 22 when charged in late 2008 with criminal sexual assault, a felony punishable by four to 15 years in prison.

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At the time, Carpentersville police said Gomez made sexual advances toward a 17-year-old while at a Dec. 20, 2008, party in the 0-99 block of Birch Street. The teen refused his advances and fell asleep, then later woke up to find Gomez assaulting her, police said.

She contacted authorities the next day and was taken to a hospital for an evaluation.

Earlier this month, Kane County prosecutors dropped the sexual assault charge and Gomez pleaded guilty to felony obstruction of justice in that he "threw a pair of underwear out his vehicle which may have contained DNA and other fluids," according to court records.

Under terms of his probation, Gomez is to have no contact with the victim and must follow a sex offender evaluation, which is confidential.

He also was assessed $2,210 in fines and served 43 days in jail while his case was pending, according to court records. He does not have to register as a sex offender.

Judge Marmarie Kostelny accepted the plea agreement. If Gomez violates his probation, he could be resentenced to up to three years in prison.

The Kane County State's Attorney's Office said that based on the evidence in the case and Gomez' lack of prior criminal history, it was an appropriate disposition of the case.

More bar association awards: The Kane County Bar Association recognized several attorneys and law enforcement officers earlier this month.

Thomas D. Chase of Elgin was presented the Community Service Award.

Daniel R. Whiston of St. Charles received the Outstanding New Lawyer Award.

Detectives Darrell Moore and John Munn of the Aurora Police Department received the Liberty Bell Award for working to help secure the freedom of a man wrongly convicted of an Aurora murder in 2002.

Kane County Judge Allen M. Anderson, and attorneys Robert D. Greenwalt and L. Lee Perington were recognized for 40 years of law practice.

George C. Moravcik and Peter K. Wilson were recognized for 45 years of service; and Justice Marvin Dunn of the 2nd District Illinois Appellate Court was recognized for 55 years of service.

hhitzeman@dailyherald.com

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