5 Years For Molesting Woman Near Boystown Fitness Club

Boykin (inset) pleaded guilty to assaulting the woman near Lakeview Athletic Club | Ill Dept Corrections; Google

A 34-year-old man from the Austin neighborhood received a 5-year prison sentence this week after pleading guilty to molesting a woman as she walked near a popular Boystown gym.

Nicholas Boykin and two other men got off of a bus near Belmont and Broadway and then followed their victim for a short distance before groping and molesting her outside of Lakeview Athletic Club, 3212 North Broadway, at 6:20 a.m. on March 8, 2016, prosecutors said.

All three men ran west through an alley that runs alongside the gym and Boykin was arrested a short distance away.

The other two men were never located.

They were described as an unknown white man and a black man who stands about 6-feet tall and weighs about 190 pounds. He wore a black hoodie, a blue vest, blue jeans, and gray, white, and blue gym shoes. The second man and Boykin were captured on surveillance video near the gym, police said at the time.

Boykin was given four 7-year sentences after he pleaded guilty to four robberies in 2008. But the judge allowed him to serve those sentences concurrently, so Boykin was only in prison for a fraction of the time.

Boykin will be paroled (again) on August 31, 2018.

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