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Crime & Courts

Arlington Heights man to serve probation for 2017 sex abuse, theft

25-year-old’s sentence closes case alleging rape

Blake Alberts, 25, of the 400 block of West Miner Street, Arlington Heights
Blake Alberts, 25, of the 400 block of West Miner Street, Arlington Heights

An Arlington Heights man will serve two years of probation for the 2017 sexual abuse of a woman who reported that one man held her down while another abused her, eventually taking off with about $500 worth of jewelry from her home.

Blake Alberts, the second of two men charged in connection with the crime, entered a plea deal Monday morning before McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather.

Alberts originally agreed to the deal Jan. 26, but in May, he told Prather he wanted to revoke the negotiated plea. He claimed to only plead guilty so he could visit his ill father while awaiting sentencing.

Prather told the 25-year-old that if he were to go back on the negotiated plea, he’d have to return to the McHenry County Jail. After two weeks of weighing his options, Alberts pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated criminal sexual abuse and theft of more than $500.

The aggravated criminal sexual abuse conviction comes with a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender, meaning Alberts will have to report regularly to local law enforcement and update police within three days when he changes his address.

Alberts also was ordered to serve two years of probation and 180 days in the McHenry County Jail.

McHenry County Assistant Public Defender Richard Behof could not be reached for comment on the sentencing.

Alberts originally faced as many as 15 years in prison on harsher charges that stemmed from a Crystal Lake woman’s reports to police in August.

The woman said in an emergency no-contact order filed Aug. 18 that she met Alberts and Eric J. Elwell during a night out at Moretti’s in Lake in the Hills, which transitions into Club 220 North some nights.

As the evening came to a close, she invited both men and a group of friends back to her house, where the party continued in her garage, the Aug. 18 order stated. She reported inviting guests to stay the night, claiming that she didn’t want anyone to drink and drive.

Between 6 and
9 a.m., the woman said Alberts and Elwell walked her to her bedroom while others went to the basement to sleep, the order stated.

According to court records, that’s when Elwell held her down while Alberts sexually assaulted her and then raped her once Elwell had left, the woman wrote.

Elwell is serving four years at Shawnee Correctional Center on a negotiated plea entered in April to a felony theft charge stemming from the woman’s accusations.

Elwell’s criminal history includes prison sentences for burglary, robbery and aggravated battery dating back to 2011, Illinois Department of Corrections records show.

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