Crime & Courts

Former McHenry man pleads guilty to sexual assault charge

Nicholas J. Nowicki, 34, entered a blind guilty plea Wednesday to one count of criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony. The felony is punishable by four to 15 years in prison or probation.
Nicholas J. Nowicki, 34, entered a blind guilty plea Wednesday to one count of criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony. The felony is punishable by four to 15 years in prison or probation.

WOODSTOCK – A former McHenry man has admitted to sexually assaulting a 21-year-old woman in 2015.

Nicholas J. Nowicki, 34, entered a blind guilty plea Wednesday to one count of criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony. The felony is punishable by four to 15 years in prison or probation.

There was no agreement by Nowicki’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Rick Behof, or Assistant State’s Attorney John Gibbons on sentencing. Behof said his client will obtain a sex offender evaluation, and he will be released on a recognizance bond ahead of sentencing to do so.

He will be sentenced Sept. 30. Gibbons said Nowicki must not have any contact with the victim or her family. McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather accepted the partial agreement.

Nowicki was arrested and charged in May 2015 with two counts of criminal sexual assault. Prosecutors have said in the incident, the woman told police she was having trouble sleeping and ingested a Klonopin from her mother.

The woman reportedly told police she woke up as Nowicki was having sex with her. She said she told police Nowicki allegedly punched her in the face and she passed out. She said she woke up a second time with Nowicki again on top of her, prosecutors previously said.

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