Crime & Courts

Arlington Heights man accused of rape takes plea deal; sentencing scheduled

25-year-old will be sentenced March 2 in sexual abuse of a woman he met at a local club

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Blake Alberts

CRYSTAL LAKE – An Arlington Heights man accused of raping a girl while another man held her down pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and is scheduled for sentencing next month.

On Aug. 12, Blake Alberts allegedly raped a 21-year-old woman in her home with help from his friend, Eric Elwell, who is accused of restraining the woman, according to an order of protection filed against Alberts in McHenry County court.

Alberts’ attorney, Assistant Public Defender Rick Behof, declined to comment on the case.

On Jan. 26, Alberts’ 25th birthday, he pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse, which typically is punishable by three to seven years in prison.

The original charges lodged against Alberts could have landed him behind bars for up to 15 years.

McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather released Alberts on a recognizance bond so he could be evaluated by a therapist before his sentencing March 2.

McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Rita Gara declined to comment on the details of Alberts’ negotiated plea agreement.

In an order of protection, the woman told police she was at Moretti’s with two friends the night of Aug. 12 when she met Alberts and Elwell.

The Moretti’s in Lake in the Hills transitions into Club 220 North at night. The woman invited her friends, along with Alberts and Elwell, back to her house, where the party continued in her garage, and she offered to let guests sleep in her basement so they wouldn’t drive home under the influence, the order stated.

Later that night, Alberts and Elwell went to the woman’s room, where Alberts proceeded to sexually assault and rape her, despite her repeatedly saying “no sex,” the order of protection states.

The men went on to steal more than $500 worth of the woman’s jewelry before leaving, according to the complaint.

Elwell, who was charged with theft and criminal sexual assault, remained at the McHenry County Jail on Wednesday evening on a $100,000 bond. His next court appearance is Feb. 27.