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updated: 3/19/2013 6:56 PM

Elgin homeless man charged with sexual assault

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    Phillip J. Dillon


An Elgin homeless man was arrested and charged with sexual assault and attempted sexual assault of two female acquaintances in separate incidents this month, authorities said Tuesday.

Phillip J. Dillon, 48, who has spent time in prison for violence against women, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman about 11 p.m. March 3 while he was visiting her in the 100 block of South State Street, Elgin Police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault said in a new release. Dillon is also accused of stealing a DVD player during the incident, and the local resale shop where he later sold the DVD identified him, Theriault said.

The second attack occurred approximately 7:25 p.m. Sunday when Dillon was visiting another acquaintance in the 1600 block of Mark Avenue, police said. Dillon told the woman he was going to have sex with her, struck her in the face with his fist and exposed his genitals, police said. The victim was able to escape and call police.

Dillon fled after stealing a flat-screen 32-inch TV, but was located by police as he was hiding outside near a neighboring apartment building, police said. The TV was found nearby.

"This was not a stranger forcing his way into the house," Theriault said.

Dillon was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, residential burglary, unlawful restraint and theft for the March 3 incident; he was charged with attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault and residential burglary related to the March 17 attack.

If convicted in both cases, he could be sentenced up to 45 years in prison.

According to Kane County court records, Dillon has been arrested numerous times and spent time in prison for domestic battery, violence against women and robbery.

He was sentenced to three years in prison after an April 2008 arrest in Aurora for felony domestic battery; sentenced to two years in prison for felony unlawful restraint in a November 2006 arrest in Elgin; and also sentenced to two years in prison for felony unlawful restraint after a December 2004 arrest in Elgin, records show.

He was arrested and charged with armed robbery -- a felony that carries a minimum six-year prison term -- in June 2000 in Elgin, but pleaded guilty to lesser charges and got three years in prison.

Dillon also spend time in jail for domestic battery arrests in September 2003, January 2000 and March 1997, records show.

Dillon appeared Tuesday morning in the Elgin branch of Kane County bond court, where he was being held on $405,000 bail. His next court date is March 28.

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