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Joliet man gets 118 years for sex assault on teen

Chandel Dirkans, 37, of Joliet
Chandel Dirkans, 37, of Joliet

A 37-year-old Joliet man was sentenced to 118 years in prison Monday after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in 2015.

Will County Circuit Judge David Carlson sentenced Chandel Dirkans Monday, after Dirkans was convicted in August of committing multiple criminal sexual assaults against a Joliet teenager in 2015, according to a news release from the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Dirkans was found guilty of aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated domestic battery against the girl after a four-day bench trial. He also previously pleaded guilty as an armed habitual criminal.

“This young woman lived through a horrendous nightmare in her own home when Dirkans brutally and repeatedly sexually assaulted her,” Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said. “The sentence handed down today drives a stake straight through the heart of the beast. This savage predator will never have the opportunity to brutalize another young woman.”

The victim was 16 at the time, and the acts occurred inside the home in which they both lived on the 600 block of Grant Avenue, according to the release. Dirkans, the brother of the victim’s stepmother, sexually assaulted the teenager five times over a nearly three-hour period Nov. 5, 2015, while other family members were at work, according to the release.

The victim testified that Dirkans threatened to kill her while assaulting her numerous times in different areas of the home. He wielded a knife, as well, according to the release.

After the assaults, Dirkans reportedly forced the victim into a vehicle and drove her around. He later drove her back to the residence and said he could kill her if he wanted to, according to the release. He eventually let her go.

Dirkans surrendered to police after a six-hour standoff, during which he barricaded himself in the home.

At the time of the assaults, Dirkans was on parole for a 2009 conviction for residential burglary, according to the release. He also had previous convictions for unlawful use or possession of a weapon by a felon, robbery and burglary.

Glasgow credited the entire team for the case’s end result.

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