Victim grievously injured in Uptown sexual assault, prosecutors say

Warning: This report contains graphic descriptions of allegations made by prosecutors in bond court. 

Pedro Robles | CPD

An Uptown man inflicted grievous injuries on another man during a sexual encounter that was arranged via a gay hook-up site, according to prosecutors.

Pedro Robles, 62, is charged with felony aggravated criminal sexual assault causing bodily harm in bond court on Friday.

Prosecutor James Murphy presented graphic, gruesome allegations of a consensual sexual encounter that turned non-consensual while the victim was restrained. The victim has undergone surgery to repair severe injuries to internal organs, Murphy said.

Robles and the 35-year-old victim met on the BarebackRT site in September and exchanged sexual messages until they eventually agreed to meet in person this spring.

The victim smoked methamphetamine and then traveled to Robles’ apartment on the 4900 block of North Sheridan around 7 p.m. on May 19, Murphy said. There, Robles and the victim allegedly smoked more meth and engaged in oral sex for about an hour.

At some point, Robles restrained the victim’s legs and began using sex toys on the man, Murphy said. The victim told Robles to stop, and that he was being injured, but Robles allegedly continued the assault with his hands, which caused severe internal injuries, according to Murphy.

After being freed, the victim called a friend for help and sought medical treatment, Murphy said. The victim has undergone multiple surgeries to repair damage to his gastrointestinal system, Murphy said, Some of the man’s organs remain outside his body, and he is required to wear a colostomy bag, according to allegations made in court.

Vanessa Ellis, a public defender who represented Robles, said he lives in senior housing, and he routinely helps his fellow senior citizens. 

Judge David Navarro set bail at $500,000. Robles must post a $50,000 deposit bond to get out of jail before trial.

Update July 15, 2021: Robles pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm in exchange for three years of sex offender probation, according to court records. Prosecutors dropped two criminal sexual assault charges in the plea deal. Judge William Raines oversaw the case.

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