Lakemoor Man Acquitted of Sexual Assault, Battery Charges
Keeshan, Charles, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Charles Keeshan Daily Herald Staff Writer
A McHenry County jury deliberated about three hours Thursday before finding a Lakemoor man not guilty of charges he beat and raped a woman in his home in 2005.
Charles T. Jennings, 26, let out a sigh of relief and gratefully clenched his attorney as Judge Sharon Prather read the verdicts acquitting him of criminal sexual assault and domestic battery stemming from the July 10, 2005, incident that followed a night of drinking by him, his accuser and a group of friends.
Jennings, who took the witness stand earlier in the day and repeatedly denied the woman's accusations, left the courthouse without comment.
His accuser, a 24-year-old who had a relationship with Jennings at the time, rushed from the courtroom after the verdict and could be heard crying loudly from a nearby conference room for several minutes afterward.
The case against Jennings, which rested largely on the woman's recollection of the encounter, likely was hurt by testimony she was extremely intoxicated when it occurred.
During the three-day trial, she testified that she and Jennings had been drinking at a Fox Lake tavern July 9 to celebrate her birthday with a group of friends. While out, she and others testified, she became so drunk that she vomited twice before returning to Jennings' home early July 10. …