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DuPage County man's sexual assault trial begins

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  • Jose Ramirez-Alcantar

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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.

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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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