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Man charged in connection with sexual assault at DuPage County Crisis Center – Shaw location

Man charged in connection with sexual assault at DuPage County Crisis Center – Shaw location

Man charged in connection with sexual assault at DuPage County Crisis Center – Shaw location

A man has been charged in connection with an alleged felonious sexual assault of a female resident at the DuPage County Crisis Center, Wheaton police said.

At approximately 11:27 p.m., June 19, Wheaton Police were dispatched to 115 N. County Farm Road for an alleged felonious sexual assault. The Residential Crisis Center is a 12-bed facility that provides short-term crisis services to DuPage County residents on a volunteer basis.

The victim was allegedly awakened while being sexually assaulted by a man in her residential bedroom. The offender fled the room after a confrontation. Crisis Center staff were notified and 911 was contacted, according to a news release from the Wheaton Police Department.

The victim was later transported to a local hospital for treatment. Wheaton police officers, evidence technicians and detectives completed an investigation into the alleged assault and identified Lonny Bracey, 34, last known address in Naperville, as the alleged offender, according to the release.

Bracey was arrested at 10:14 am on June 20. After an investigation, Wheaton police contacted the DuPage State’s Attorney’s Office to seek criminal charges. The state’s attorney’s office later approved a felony charge of felony sexual assault – failure to consent against Bracey. He was transported to the DuPage County Jail on June 21.

On June 22, Bracey appeared for a detention hearing and was ordered to remain in custody pending a criminal trial, authorities said.

This case is an ongoing investigation.

“The allegations against Mr. Bracey are shocking,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the statement. “The violent attack on a patient in her room in a residential behavioral health facility will not be tolerated and will be met with the full force of the law.”

“It was excellent teamwork by Wheaton police officers, evidence technicians and detectives,” Wheaton Police Chief Princeton Youker said in the release. “They were able to identify and arrest Mr. Bracey for alleged sexual assault in less than 48 hours. The Wheaton Police Department is committed to upholding the rights of victims and conducting thorough, trauma-informed investigations into allegations of sexual assault.”

Bracey’s next court date is July 16.