Man gets 20 years for sexually assaulting a woman he followed from Morse Red Line station

A man who sexually assaulted a woman after following her from the Morse Red Line station in July 2019 has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Borbor Sesay, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault causing bodily harm on Tuesday.

Borbor Sesay is seen with CTA surveillance images that police released after the attack. | CPD

Sesay trailed the 26-year-old woman to her apartment building on the 1300 block of West Lunt and forced his way into the door behind her around 1:30 a.m., prosecutors said during his initial bail hearing. He struck the woman repeatedly in her face and sexually assaulted her in a stairwell near the lobby, prosecutors said.

Sesay demanded money from the woman during the attack and continued to sexually assault her after she handed over about $120.

Police released CTA surveillance images of the suspect and two people contacted investigators to identify the man as Sesay. Investigators further identified Sesay through his Ventra card transaction records, according to prosecutors.

Officials located Sesay in Grand Rapids and extradited him back to Chicago about a month after the attack. Michigan authorities said Sesay confessed to assaulting and robbing the woman while in their custody.

Judge Michael McHale oversaw the case and sentenced Sesay, who must serve at least 85% of his sentence, submit DNA samples to a law enforcement database, and register as a sex offender for life, according to court records.

Prosecutors dropped 30 additional felony counts in the plea deal, including one count of robbery, ten counts of criminal sexual abuse, and 19 counts of criminal sexual assault.

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