Crime & Courts

Convicted sex offender charged with sexually assaulting woman in Aurora shortly after being released from prison

A convicted child sex offender from Chicago has been arrested and charged after he allegedly sexually assaulted a young woman in Aurora shortly after being released from prison.

Joseph Baker, 38, of the 4200 block of West Carroll Avenue in Chicago, is being held in the Kane County Jail on $75,000 bail. He is being charged with six counts of criminal sexual assault.

Last week, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, Baker was taken into custody in Chicago without incident, according to a news release from the Aurora Police Department. His next court hearing is set for Nov. 23.

On Aug. 21, Aurora Police officers responded to an Aurora hospital for a report of a sexual assault that had already occurred, the release stated. According to the investigation, Baker sexually assaulted the 18-year-old victim while they were at his family’s home in Aurora and continued to make additional sexual advances throughout the evening, the release stated. Detectives presented the facts and evidence of the case to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office and Baker was charged with six counts of criminal sexual assault.

Through the course of the investigation, detectives learned that Baker was a convicted child sex offender and had been released from prison on Aug. 18. As a result of prior convictions, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized three Class X felony counts for criminal sexual assault, according to the release.

The other three felony counts Baker is being charged with are Class 1 felony counts.

Eric Schelkopf

Eric Schelkopf

Eric Schelkopf covers St. Charles and writes entertainment stories for the Kane County Chronicle.