Demarco Whitley Sentenced to 16 Years Behind Bars for Rape
Whitley was found guilty of sexual assault on Oct. 6, 2011 and was sentenced today, Nov. 1, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Demarco Whitley, a former Glenbard West High School graduate and football player, was sentenced to 16 years behind bars for raping a 15-year-old girl in a Rolling Meadows parking lot in 2010, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Whitley was sentenced today, according to the Chicago Tribune, after being found guilty on Oct. 6. Whitley was found guilty on four of the five counts of sexual assault during a bench trial in front of Cook County Judge Thomas Fecarotta.
Whitley took the stand last month and explained the sex was consensual. But Fecarotta said Whitley's testimony was unconvincing.
“I found that his testimony was unbelievable and poorly contrived,” Fecarotta previously stated.
Last month, Fecarotta went on to say that one of the elements he found most convincing in concluding Whitley's guilt was that there was “not one bit of conversation” while in the car, “I don’t think I heard a hello,” said Fecarotta.
Here's more on the case from a previous Patch report:
Whitley was charged with five counts of sexual assault after having sex with the girl, who was 15 at the time, in a Rolling Meadows church parking lot. His friend and former football teammate Pierre Washington-Steel was also in the car and forced the girl to perform a sex act while Whitley had sex with her.
Shortly after leaving Rolling Meadows the two men were in a serious car accident near Glen Ellyn; Washington-Steel died from injuries sustained during that accident and Whitley was hospitalized.
That left Whitley to stand trial alone, facing the five charges of sexual assault. In his testimony, Whitley maintained the sex was consensual despite a previous statement he gave a Rolling Meadows police detective and Cook County state's attorney, in which he said the girl seemed "reluctant and hesitant." Whitley said it was Washington-Steel who forced the 15-year-old to perform a sex act—not him.
Prosecutors told Fecarotta that Whitley was the one who kept changing his story and that after he found out DNA evidence linked him to the crime he began trying to "minimize" his role.
Rotunno countered by saying that people may not like what happened in that car but the girl knew exactly why she was getting into the car and ultimately fear of upsetting her boyfriend and mother caused her to make the rape accusation.
Assistant State's Attorney Maria McCarthy said for the case to have gotten to trial the girl would have to have been a "world-class, Oscar-worthy liar."
Whitley and his sister took the stand during the third day of trial. The two said they overheard the girl agree to perform a sex act while on speaker phone with Washington-Steel in Whitley's living room, just before the two left for Rolling Meadows.
But the siblings never told authorities of the phone conversation during the investigation.
After the girl was sexually assaulted, she went to a friend's home, then texted her boyfriend, who was a college freshman at the time.
During her closing argument, Rotunno used the words in those text messages to undermine the girl's testimony. The girl texted her boyfriend she did nothing intentionally but "wouldn't call it rape."
But prosecutors pointed out the teen was only 15 at the time and to her rape was something that happened to people who were either drugged or snatched and dragged into alleys.