Crime & Courts

Former McHenry man convicted of sex abuse now accused of violating probation

Nicholas J. Nowicki, 37, of the 1800 block of West Melrose Street, Chicago
Nicholas J. Nowicki, 37, of the 1800 block of West Melrose Street, Chicago

A former McHenry man who previously pleaded guilty to sexually abusing an unconscious woman has failed to complete sex offender treatment and tested positive for drugs on several occasions, prosecutors said.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office is seeking to revoke 37-year-old Nicholas J. Nowicki’s probation after they said he repeatedly violated the terms of his sentence.

He potentially could receive a prison sentence of up to seven years if a judge revokes his probation. Nowicki, who now lives in Chicago, pleaded guilty in 2016 to sexually abusing a 21-year-old woman.

The victim told police she had taken one of her mom’s Klonopin pills to help her sleep, and she awoke to Nowicki raping her, prosecutors said at the time. The woman went on to accuse Nowicki of punching her in the face, causing her to pass out.

When she awoke the second time, Nowicki still was on top of her, prosecutors have said.

Although Nowicki faced as many as 15 years in prison on a criminal sexual assault charge, he accepted a plea deal to a lesser charge of sexual abuse in October 2016. McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather ordered him to serve a term of two years of probation, which would have ended Thursday.

Nowicki appeared in court before Prather again Thursday, however, on allegations that he violated his probation, which barred him from committing additional crimes and required him to undergo sex offender treatment.

In a petition to revoke Nowicki’s sentence, McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Randi Freese said the man tested positive for cocaine four times and missed check-ins with his probation officer on multiple occasions. He also failed to complete sex offender treatment after he allegedly was discharged for not complying with the program.

Nowicki declined to comment when reached by phone Thursday.

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