Convicted serial rapist sentenced to 75 years for sexual assaults
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter September 4, 2013 1:08PM
Julius Anderson booking mugshot. December 2, 2011 | Sun-Times files
Updated: October 7, 2013 12:40PM
Just weeks after he was released from prison in 2009, convicted sex offender Julius Anderson raped three more women after walking away from a near West Side halfway house.
Anderson probably won’t get the chance to hurt anyone in the public again.
The 63-year-old serial rapist and chronic schizophrenic was sentenced to 75-years in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to the three 2009 sexual assaults before Cook County Judge Charles Burns.
None of the Anderson’s most recent victims testified about the impact of his attacks but they did learn about his lengthy sentence, according to attorney Martin Dolan whose firm Dolan Law represents the women in a pending civil lawsuit against St. Leonard’s Ministries and the psychologists whose evaluation led to Anderson’s parole.
“They’re scarred,” Dolan said.
“Just because he’s going away, it’s [emotional and psychological pain] still going to be there. Whatever the sentence, they will still suffer.”
Dolan said the rapes were “completely preventable” had St. Leonard’s had “better mechanisms” for security, supervision and screening.
After serving a 30-year sentence for a robbery and sexual assault, Anderson was placed in St. Leonard’s, a halfway house in the 2100 block of West Warren.
However in August 2009, he removed an electronic monitoring bracelet, walked away without permission and, according to prosecutors, sexually assaulted a Bucktown woman and two others before he was caught the next month.
St. Leonard’s stopped accepting paroled sex offenders after Anderson was arrested in the 2009 attacks.
The civil lawsuit against Anderson is currently pending.
Officials for St. Leonard’s House and Affiliated Psychologists — the firm named in the lawsuit — could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Anderson had previous convictions for sexual assault and armed robbery in 1973, and two sexual assault and armed robbery convictions in 1977.