Chicago man accused of beating, raping woman at Champaign motel

Chicago man accused of beating, raping woman at Champaign motel

URBANA — A Chicago man accused of raping and beating a woman in a Champaign motel room last week is being held in the Champaign County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.

Jaime Gallegos, 21, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of criminal sexual assault, aggravated domestic battery and unlawful restraint for alleged acts that occurred May 8 with a 21-year-old Chicago woman.

On May 9, the woman reported to Champaign police that she has had an on-again, off-again relationship with Gallegos since last summer and that they drove to Champaign last week, where he had rented a room at a motel in the 200 block of West Anthony Drive.

The woman reported that she initially declined to go to the motel with him but said he coerced her by taking her cellphone and laptop and threatening to break her computer if she did not accompany him.

On the evening of May 8 and early on May 9, the report said, they argued over the other women's names that she found on his phone. The argument turned physical and she told police that Gallegos allegedly slapped her face, hit her in the mouth and ordered her to take off her clothes.

When she resisted his sexual advances, he allegedly forced himself on her, the report said.

Police obtained video from the motel that showed the woman running naked from the room early May 9 with Gallegos, also naked, grabbing her by the hair from behind and dragging her back inside the room. Police could see injuries to her head and bruises on her throat from allegedly being choked.

Champaign police arrested Gallegos on Monday.

A report said he admitted that he argued with her, struck her, choked her and even threatened her but denied that he tried to force her to have sex with him.

He also admitted that he left the woman in Champaign after the alleged attacks and returned to Chicago.

Judge Brett Olmstead ordered Gallegos to wear a GPS bracelet if he posts bond and to have no contact with the woman. He told Gallegos to be back in court July 11.

If convicted of the most serious of the charges, Gallegos could be sentenced to between four and 15 years in prison.

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ohnooo wrote on May 16, 2017 at 8:05 pm

Wonder if he gave his forwarding address in Mexico to the states attorney .....

rsp wrote on May 17, 2017 at 12:05 am

Because everyone with a Hispanic name is from there? Do you have any idea how many countries have people with Hispanic names, besides the United States? It's like you pointed and said his name was "Smith" and thought it was a big deal.

annabellissimo wrote on May 16, 2017 at 10:05 pm

Why was he released to go back to Chicago after these charges were made against him, charges that, if true, sound dangerous for the woman in question, the plaintiff and only witness? Will there be a report in July about whether he does or does not appear for the court date or will there be any follow-up to this news report?

rsp wrote on May 17, 2017 at 12:05 am

He's still in jail. After the attack he went back to Chicago where he was arrested. He was brought back here. If he posts bond he has to wear a GPS bracelet.

787 wrote on May 17, 2017 at 6:05 am

So, when the GPS anklet is cut off, a jail call then magically drops out of the sky and incarcerates him?   Is that how that works?

Where was the GPS anklet on the illegal who slammed into LaDonna Brady's car on I-74 on New Year's Day, killing her?   Oh, that's right... the Illinois State Police completely botched that one, and let the guy walk away without putting one on him, or God forbid, actually taking him into custody  He was only in this country illegally, involved in an incident where someone was dead.   But apparently that's not considered to be a "crime" to some State Trooper with bad judgment.

And he's still on the run.  And the State Trooper with bad judgment is still out there too.

Illiniwek222 wrote on May 19, 2017 at 10:05 am

Is Saul sleeping?

Objective Reporter wrote on May 19, 2017 at 2:05 pm

Great comment!