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Crime & Courts

Inmate faces sexual assault charges after incident at DeKalb County Jail

SYCAMORE – A second violent attack in less than a week at the DeKalb County Jail has led to charges against an inmate, police said Monday.

Dakari Williams, 22, of DeKalb, is charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault and battery. If convicted of the most serious charge, he could face six to 30 years in prison. He has been held at the jail since May 1 on charges of aggravated domestic battery and domestic battery out of DeKalb.

The incident occurred Saturday, only days after police said four inmates ganged up to attack a fifth inmate, with one of them covering a camera in the cell block with a blanket.

According to a news release from DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott, after the sexual assault was reported to corrections officers, the victim was taken to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital for treatment.

An investigation confirmed the accuser’s story, police said. Police said that Williams had threatened to sexually assault the victim Friday, and then made good on that threat Saturday. Scott said the attack occurred inside the accusing inmate’s cell out of view of surveillance cameras, inside the jail’s older section, which is used as the jail’s maximum-security section.

“We don’t have a camera in every cell, but we do have one in the cell block,” Scott said. “And in this case the assault occurred inside a cell, the individual cell, and there was no picture on the camera that we would have seen this.”

Scott said there was no indication that an attack was about to occur; corrections officers had not been made aware of any threats until after the fact. He also said that despite the two violent incidents occurring only days apart, they were not related.

“They’re not related at all,” Scott said. “They’re totally different individuals and they have no connection.”

Scott said the alleged assault was the first reported sexual attack that had occurred since the late 1990s. He said the jail follows federal guidelines mandated by the Prison Rape Elimination Act in sorting and protecting prisoners, and takes inmate safety seriously.

The safety of inmates is a serious concern of ours,” Scott said, “whether it’s a sexual assault or any other type.”

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