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Arlington Heights man pleads guilty to sexual assault

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A 41-year-old Arlington Heights man who authorities say sexually assaulted several teenage girls at his apartment has pleaded guilty to the charges, court records show.

In exchange for his guilty pleas Tuesday to two counts of criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault, Cook County Judge Thomas Fecarotta sentenced Damien Deanda to a total of 15 years in prison. That includes seven years for aggravated criminal sexual assault and four years each for the sexual assault charges. He must complete at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for release.

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Upon release, Deanda is subject to lifetime registration as a sex offender, said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Mike Gerber.

Arrested initially in 2011, Deanda was free on bond when he was arrested again in May 2013, after prosecutors said he texted one of his accusers and asked her to meet him in his apartment's storage area.

Illinois Department of Corrections records show Deanda was sentenced to two years in prison for retail theft in 2003. He was also sentenced to 18 months in prison for retail theft in 2000 and six years in prison for receipt/possession of a stolen motor vehicle in 1996.

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