Homeless man convicted of raping woman on Prairie Path near Wheaton

A 44-year-old homeless man was convicted Thursday evening of raping a woman on the Illinois Prairie Path near Wheaton almost six years ago.

Following a three-day trial and less than three hours of deliberation, a jury found Robert Davison guilty of mulitple counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and one county of unlawful restraint.

Davison has been in custody at the DuPage County jail since his arrest in May of 2018.

Wheaton police began investigating the attack just after midnight on May 18, 2018, when a woman was heard screaming for help near the PADS shelter in Wheaton. The woman had dirt on her face and cuts to her upper body.

The woman told investigators she had been approached by Davison along the Prairie Path who “demanded sex from her.” When she refused, she said Davison dragged her into a wooded area by the hair and sexually assaulted her.

Davison fled after the attack, but was located two days later, authorities said.

Davison is scheduled back in court March 7 for a pre-sentencing hearing. He faces up to 90 years in prison.

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