Man gets 11 years for Edgewater home invasion, sexual assault attempt

CHICAGO — A Chicago man has been sentenced to 11 years for trying to sexually assault a woman in Edgewater during a home invasion last year.

Christopher Grammer, 30, reached a plea deal with prosecutors that earned him the 11-year sentence from Judge Ursula Walowski in exchange for pleading guilty to home invasion involving a sex offense and attempted criminal sexual assault, according to court records. Walowski ordered him to register as a sex offender.

Grammer hopped the back gate of an apartment building on the 5900 block of North Magnolia on June 21, 2022, and pushed in a third-floor window air conditioning unit, officials said. He climbed through the window and made himself at home by taking a nap, showering, and using the victim’s computer to watch porn.

A 26-year-old man who lived in the apartment saw his air conditioner out of place as he returned home around 3 p.m., but he thought his cat did it. He realized there was much more amiss upon discovering water on the apartment floor, his bed in disarray, and, jarringly, Grammer watching porn at his desk, according to prosecutors.

Grammer apologized and left the apartment when the man confronted him. But he didn’t go far. Instead, prosecutors said, Grammer entered the building’s second-floor unit through an unlocked rear screen door.

Christopher Grammer | Chicago Police Department; Google

A 30-year-old woman inside the apartment was awakened from a nap by something brushing her face. She thought it was her dog. It wasn’t. It was Grammer’s penis, according to prosecutors.

The woman screamed and scooted the naked Grammer out of the apartment. Prosecutors said the woman’s boyfriend, who had been behind closed doors on a Zoom call, chased Grammer out of the building. Chicago police arrested him in the neighborhood a couple of hours later.

Grammer has previous felony convictions in Tazewell County for aggravated battery of a peace officer, theft, and possessing a stolen motor vehicle. But Illinois Department of Corrections records show he has never been in state prison.

He will receive a 50% sentence reduction for good behavior and credit for 331 days earned before pleading. His parole date is set for December 14, 2027.

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