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posted: 7/8/2014 1:01 AM

DuPage County man's sexual assault trial begins

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  • Jose Ramirez-Alcantar

    Jose Ramirez-Alcantar


A DuPage County man, who authorities said was caught in the act of sexually assaulting a woman while police responded to a 911 call, is set to stand trial Tuesday.

Jose Ramirez-Alcantar, 62, of the 30W300 block of Pomeroy Street near West Chicago, is charged with criminal sexual assault with force and faces four to 15 years in prison.

According to police, officers responded to the victim's home in West Chicago at 2:18 a.m. March 3, 2013, after another person there reported a possible break-in.

Officers were searching the home when they heard a woman cry out words to the effect of "no sex" from behind a closed door, prosecutors have said. When they opened the door, officers said they found Ramirez-Alcantar assaulting the woman.

Prosecutors said the victim and defendant had been at a bar earlier that evening. The woman, who was hospitalized for testing and treatment, told police Ramirez-Alcantar forced himself on her.

Attorneys for both sides were selecting the 12-person jury Monday afternoon and may continue the selection process first thing Tuesday morning. Opening arguments are expected to begin as soon as the jury is selected.

Ramirez-Alcantar has a previous aggravated battery conviction in Kane County, according to prosecutors. He has been held in DuPage on $20,000 bond since his arrest.

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