Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Aurora Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Sexual Assault
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced that on February 11, 2019, Damien Dickens, 40 (d.o.b. 12/1/1978) formerly of Aurora, was sentenced to twelve years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for sexually assaulting a woman in 2013. On November 6, 2018, Dickens entered a blind plea of guilty to one count of Criminal Sexual Assault, a Class 1 Felony. At the hearing, the State agreed to cap their sentencing recommendation at twelve years. Today’s sentence was handed down by Judge Robert Miller. On June 14, 2016, a $750,000 arrest warrant was issued for Dickens. He was apprehended and appeared in Bond Court two days later where bond was set at $750,000 with 10% to apply in accordance with the previously issued arrest warrant. He has remained in custody at the DuPage County Jail since that time.
In the early morning hours of June 24, 2013, Dickens brought the woman, whom he had met earlier that evening, into a vacant townhome in Aurora. When the woman attempted to leave, Dickens blocked her from leaving and then sexually assaulted her. Dickens was identified as a suspect in the case through a match in the State’s DNA database.
“Judge Miller’s twelve-year sentence sends the message that if you are convicted of sexual assault in DuPage County, you will find yourself behind bars for a very long time,” Berlin said. “I would like to thank the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office and the Aurora Police Department for their efforts on this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Mary Fleming and Mike Fisher for their work in holding Mr. Dickens responsible for his actions.”
Dickens must serve 85% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.