Arrested 76 times since 2014, man gets 5 years for trying to sexually assault a woman at Roosevelt CTA station

CHICAGO — A man who has been arrested in Chicago 76 times since 2014 received a five-year sentence for trying to sexually assault a disabled woman at the Roosevelt CTA station.

Prosecutors said last year that a 32-year-old woman with cerebral palsy was on her way to work when she encountered Marvin Bugg, 45, on an elevator at the train station around 9 a.m. on March 12, 2022.

After the doors closed, Bugg allegedly said the woman was pretty and touched her shoulder. The woman told him to get away.

Instead, Bugg used his left hand to tilt her head back. Prosecutors said she then realized he was holding his privates in his other hand. The woman tried to push away, and Bugg stepped back, according to the allegations. CTA surveillance cameras recorded the incident.

Bugg has now pleaded guilty to attempted criminal sexual assault in exchange for a five-year term. He must also register as a sex offender, according to state records.

Marvin Bugg | Chicago Police Department

An attorney who represented Bugg during his bail hearing last year said he has a variety of mental health diagnoses and no formal education.

According to prosecutors, his most recent felony conviction is a 2019 robbery for which he received a sentence of 18 months of mental health probation. That robbery occurred in the parking garage of the now-closed Bed Bath & Beyond, 530 North State, CPD records show.

Of the 76 times that Chicago police have arrested Bugg since 2014, 67 arrests took place in CPD’s Near North (18th) District, which includes River North, the Magnificent Mile, Streeterville, and the Gold Coast.

CPD records show that 25 of his 76 arrests were for primary allegations of retail theft, six were for other thefts, and 17 were for trespassing. Six of the arrests were for felony charges, the records show.

Bugg is expected to be paroled on October 24, 2024, after receiving a 50% sentence reduction for good behavior and credits for time spent in custody before pleading. Judge William Gamboney oversaw the case and handed down Bugg’s sentence.

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