Former Arlington Heights man who sidestepped prison in a sexual assault case, re-sentenced to 22 weekends in McHenry County jail

A former Arlington Heights man who avoided prison last year after admitting to sexually abusing a woman – only to violate his probation weeks later by picking up a domestic battery charge in Lake County – just spent the first of 22 weekends in McHenry County jail.

McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather revoked the two-year probation she initially gave Blake Alberts, who turned 26 years old on Saturday while in jail.

As ordered,  Alberts, who now lives in Wauconda, reported to jail at 7 p.m. Friday on his new intermittent sentence and is set to be released Sunday night. He must report back to jail for 21 more weekends.

Prosecutors say the Lake County domestic battery charge has since been dismissed but picking up the charge itself is a violation of his two-year probation.

In August of 2017, Alberts was initially charged with the criminal sexual assault of a 21-year-old woman he met at Club 220, an after-hours nightclub located inside what is Moretti’s  Ristorante & Pizzeria in Lake in the Hills.

Authorities said he and another man, Eric Elwell, the victim and two of her friends went to the woman’s Crystal Lake home where she said Alberts “forcefully” sexually assaulted her. She also said the men stole more than $500 in jewelry from the home where she lives with her parents.

Last January, Alberts pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse and theft of more than $500. He was sentenced in June and violated the probation in July, according to court records. As part of his guilty plea Alberts has registered as a sex offender for life.

Elwell, who the woman initially reported had held her down while Alberts assaulted her, pleaded guilty last April to theft of more than $500 and was sentenced to four years in prison. Additional charges of theft and felony criminal sexual assault were dismissed.

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