Sex offender gets 30 years for sexually assaulting woman during Lincoln Park home invasion

Anthony Hatley (inset) was arrested after a two-hour SWAT incident. | @WDUGJessica; Illinois State Police

CHICAGO — A judge on Thursday sentenced a registered sex offender to 30 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman during a home invasion in Lincoln Park.

Anthony Hatley, 63, barricaded himself and the victim inside a home in the 2500 block of North Bosworth, sparking a two-hour stand-off with the Chicago Police Department SWAT team on August 28, 2019.

Police responded to the scene after a 911 caller reported hearing a woman scream for help from a third-floor apartment. The officers encountered Hatley, who was reportedly naked and holding a knife to a woman.

Officials released few details about the incident. In fact, Hatley was initially charged only with failing to register as a sex offender. Prosecutors added 25 more felonies through the grand jury process, including 14 counts of criminal sexual assault and multiple counts of home invasion, kidnapping, and aggravated battery.

He pleaded guilty Thursday to committing a sex offense during a home invasion and failing to maintain his sex offender registration, according to court records.

Judge Kenneth Wadas handed him 30 years for the home invasion and a concurrent five-year sentence for the registration violation. Prosecutors dropped the other 24 charges.

Two days before the stand-off, Hatley was arrested and released on a recognizance bond after he allegedly threatened people at a restaurant near Belmont and Sheffield with a knife, according to court records. Those charges were eventually dropped.

State records show Hatley was 39 years old when he sexually assaulted an 18-year-old in Cook County. He was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual assault with a weapon in 2001, according to the state police.

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