Chicago Lawyer Arrested for Sexual Assault at the Hotel

A Chicago real estate lawyer has been arrested on accusations that he sexually assaulted a Minnesota woman in her Streeterville hotel room, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Anthony Bergamino Jr. has been charged with one count of criminal sexual assault for the alleged attack. His bail has been set at $350,000.

Early Tuesday morning, the 24-year-old victim reportedly left the door to her room at the W Hotel propped open because she was expecting a friend to stop by. According to the victim, Bergamino slipped into the room and sexually assaulted her.

When the victim’s friend arrived, she told her about the alleged assault. The two then notified the police and hotel security, according to authorities.

When officers arrived at the scene, the victim noticed Bergamino walking the halls and pointed him out police. She told police that Bergamino had threatened to return to her room.

Under Illinois’ criminal code, any person who sexually penetrates another through the use of force or threats has committed criminal sexual assault. It’s a Class 1 felony in the state.

If Bergamino is convicted of his charge, he could face anywhere from 4 to 15 years in prison, and a fine of up to $25,000. Under Illinois’ Truth in Sentencing law, Bergamino would have to serve at least 85% of his prison term.

Anthony Bergamino Jr. received his law degree from the University of Chicago and has worked as a real estate lawyer for close to 25 years. If convicted of criminal sexual assault, Bergamino will have to kiss his Illinois State Bar card good bye.

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