Wrigleyville bartender pleads guilty to molesting two girls; He’ll be free in about a year

A former bartender at a large Wrigleyville nightclub has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two girls who were under the age of nine-years-old. Despite being sentenced to multiple years in prison on four separate counts, the man will likely be paroled in just over a year.

Lyle Booker | Chicago Police Dept

Lyle Booker, 30, this week pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under the age of nine and two counts of indecent solicitation of criminal sexual abuse.

The state dropped two Class X felony sexual assault charges in the plea deal.

On October 13, 2016, a 14-year-old girl told police that Booker sat on her bed at 3 a.m., touched her inappropriately, and offered her $100, then $200, and eventually $300 if she would let him perform a sex act on her, prosecutors alleged.

The girl’s 21-year-old sister later told police that when she was six- or seven-years-old, Booker sexually abused her on three or four separate occasions. When she was eight or nine, the woman said, Booker sexually assaulted her.

Judge Alfredo Maldonado this week sentenced Booker to six years on each of the abuse counts and three years on each of the solicitation charges. But then, Maldonado ordered all of the sentences to be served concurrently, meaning that Booker would “serve” six years.

But wait. There’s more.

Booker will receive a 50% sentence reduction when he arrives in prison this week. The standard deduction is in anticipation of good behavior behind bars. That takes his sentence down to three years. Next, deduct 709 days for the time Booker sat in Cook County Jail awaiting the outcome of his case, and you’ll have the actual time he can expect to be in prison: 386 days. He’ll be free in time to enjoy next Thanksgiving on the outside.

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