Man accused of sexually assaulting four women pleads guilty to another case — from 2002

CHICAGO — A Lakeview man accused of sexually assaulting four women between 2002 and 2017, including three women he met at Chicago nightclubs, has pleaded guilty to a second case. And prosecutors have dropped the third and fourth cases.

Judge Michael Clancy found Gabriel Dathey, 40, guilty of criminal sexual assault of a victim unable to give knowing consent and sentenced him to four years following a bench trial in October.

That case involved allegations that Dathey sexually assaulted a 22-year-old woman in her Roscoe Village apartment after meeting her at Berlin nightclub, 954 West Belmont, on February 24, 2012.

The woman told police she accepted a couple of drinks from Dathey and recalled receiving a ride home from him, but she remembered little else about what transpired after that—except waking up in her bedroom with Dathey on top of her.

Prosecutors charged Dathey in 2017 after receiving the results of sexual assault evidence kits that Chicago police had submitted to the state crime lab for analysis years earlier. At the time, officials said he worked as a cab driver.

Dathey’s attorney immediately appealed the conviction. But he was sent to prison nonetheless.

This month, the other three cases were wrapped up.

First, in a case involving a Loyola University Student, Dathey pleaded guilty to criminal sexual abuse, which was reduced from criminal sexual assault, in exchange for a three-year sentence from Clancy, court records show.

On September 29, 2002, an 18-year-old woman was walking in the 1100 block of West Loyola when Dathey approached her and asked her to go with him, police reported at the time. He pulled her to the ground, pulled her jeans and underwear down, and proceeded to assault the woman, police said.

After police arrested Dathey in 2017, prosecutors said he was unable to have sex with the woman, but his DNA was found in a discarded condom.

Gabriel Dathey was accused of sexually assaulting two women that he met on different nights at Berlin nightclub, 954 West Belmont. | Google; Chicago Police Department

Prosecutors completely dropped two other cases that Dathey faced:

Days after the assault in Roscoe Village, on March 4, 2012, Dathey met a Finnish au pair at the now-defunct Visions Nightclub at 632 North Dearborn, prosecutors alleged. The woman reported feeling disoriented but remembered being in a house with three men and having sex with one of them.

“She reported she started crying and said’ no’ when he entered the room wanting to have sex,” officers wrote.

Cops caught up with Dathey within days of that attack and secured a DNA sample, but the test results took nearly six years to come back.

In the fourth case, Dathey was accused of sexually assaulting another woman he met at Berlin nightclub. She admitted to being very intoxicated and said she accepted a ride home from Dathey outside the bar, according to police records. Then 30 years old, she told officers that she was disoriented but believed Dathey sexually assaulted her in his car behind her home in the 2100 block of West Cortland in Bucktown.

Dathey will be required to register as a sex offender, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records.

After being arrested, he spent most of his time on bail without electronic monitoring. As a result, he accrued little time toward his sentences. His parole date is currently set for October 28, 2026.

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