Crime & Courts

DuPage County man sentenced to 33 years for sexually assaulting 65-year-old woman

An unincorporated DuPage County man charged with attacking, beating and sexually assaulting a 65-year-old woman as she arrived to work early in the morning was sentenced Friday to 33 years in prison, authorities said.

Kenneth Hatlen, 55, of Virginia Avenue, appeared in DuPage County Court where he entered a plea of guilty to one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault, according to a DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office news release. Hatlen was also sentenced to three additional years to be served consecutively after entering a plea of guilty to one count of aggravated battery for spitting on a DuPage County Deputy Sheriff while in custody, the release stated.

On May 10, 2019, at approximately 4:15 a.m., the victim arrived at a Glendale Heights restaurant to begin her shift. Before she could open the door, Hatlen, a former employee at the restaurant, grabbed her and dragged her to a grassy area near her car where he strangled her and sexually assaulted her, according to the release.

After the assault, Hatlen fled, and the victim was taken to a local hospital. An investigation conducted by Glendale Heights police led to Hatlen, who was taken into custody the following day in Darien. He appeared in Bond Court on May 12, 2019, where bond was set at $750,000. He has remained in custody at the DuPage County Jail since that time.

“Crimes of sexual violence remain a top priority of my office,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “In this case, the crime committed against the victim is simply appalling. The fact that Mr. Hatlen pled guilty to his crimes does nothing to erase the memory of what he did or the pain and suffering he caused his victim.”

Hatlen will be required to serve 85% of his Class X Felony sentence and 50% of his Class 2 Felony sentence before being eligible for parole. The sentences will be served consecutively.