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Glendale Heights

Glendale Heights man sentenced to 30 years for sexual assault

Henry Morales
Henry Morales

A Glendale Heights man was sentenced July 23 to 30 years in prison for sexually assaulting his former girlfriend in the spring of 2016.

Henry Morales, 31, appeared in DuPage County Court where he entered an agreed plea of guilty to one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony, in front of Judge Robert Miller.

Morales has been held in the DuPage County Jail since the assault on a $1 million bond, according to a DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office news release.

About 1:45 a.m. March 22, 2016, Morales, armed with a large knife, broke into the home of his former girlfriend in unincorporated West Chicago. Once inside the apartment, Morales sexually assaulted the woman at knife point. An investigation into the assault conducted by the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office led to Morales, who was taken into custody later the same day without incident, according to the release.

“This morning, Henry Morales admitted that he broke into his former girlfriend’s home in the middle of the night while she was sleeping and sexually assaulted her,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “His admission of guilt, however, does nothing to restore the feeling of safety and security that a home provides and that was once enjoyed by his victim. He violated the sanctity of her home, he violated her, and for this, he will spend a significant amount of time behind bars.”

Morales will be required to serve 85% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

The sentence also requires Morales to register as a sex offender for life.

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