DECEMBER 10, 2007
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS ) Appeal from the
) Circuit Court of
Plaintiff-Appellee, ) Cook County.
v. ) No. 01 CR 23586
CHARLES SPICER, ) Honorable
) Dennis A. Dernbach,
Defendant-Appellant. ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE ROBERT E. GORDON delivered the opinion of the court:
Defendant Charles Spicer was convicted after a jury trial of aggravated sexual assault and
forgery and sentenced to consecutive terms of 30 years and 5 years of imprisonment, respectively.
On appeal, he alleges errors at both trial and sentencing. For the reasons stated below, we affirm.
The State claims that on August 8, 2001, the defendant sexually assaulted and wrongfully
forced Juanita Cartman, age 75 or 76, to draw a check on her checking account, in her apartment
on South Calumet Avenue in Chicago. The defendant attempted to cash the check later that day
and was arrested.
At trial, Officer Sheila Jackson testified that on August 8, 2001, at approximately 11 a.m.,
Officer Jackson responded to a call concerning an elderly robbery victim. She met with the victim
in her apartment, where she observed a dining room chair with duct tape on the arm and legs, as