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Man charged in brutal Grant Park attack

A man on parole for armed robbery was charged Monday with beating and sexually abusing a 65-year-old man with a tree branch downtown.

Cortez Foster, 45, of the 1400 block of South Canal Street, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, armed robbery and aggravated battery, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.

Foster, who was serving a 20-year sentence at the Centralia Correctional Center for a 2000 armed robbery conviction before being paroled last May, is scheduled to appear in bond court today.

A Schiller Park man was found in the 800 block of South Michigan shortly after midnight Saturday. Someone called 911 to report the undressed man walking with a bloody face, police said. He was not wearing shoes or pants, and had only one sock on, authorities said. He had apparently been attacked and sodomized with a tree branch, authorities said.

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