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Article updated: 10/15/2013 3:25 PM

IDOT worker gets probation in workplace battery case

By Barbara Vitello

An Illinois Department of Transportation employee charged with molesting a co-worker earlier this year pleaded guilty to an amended charge today in Rolling Meadows.

Edgardo Sobenes, 54, who had been on unpaid leave pending the resolution of his case, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery before Cook County Judge Ellen Mandletort.

In exchange for Sobenes' guilty plea, Mandletort sentenced the Rolling Meadows man to 24 months probation.

The victim, who said Sobenes rubbed her shoulders and refused to let her leave the room, agreed with the sentence, said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Shilpa Patel.

An IDOT spokesman said in a prepared statement following Sobenes' arrest that the department has a zero-tolerance policy toward violence in the workplace.

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