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DeKalb man accused of raping, strangling woman

Walter T. Little, 31 of DeKalb, is accused of aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated domestic battery and unlawful restraint.
Walter T. Little, 31 of DeKalb, is accused of aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated domestic battery and unlawful restraint.

SYCAMORE – Bond was set at $500,000 Tuesday for a 31-year-old DeKalb man accused of raping and choking unconscious a woman he was convicted of harming last year.

Walter T. Little, of the 700 block of Russell Road, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated domestic battery and unlawful restraint in connection with an incident at his home about 7:30 p.m. Monday. The woman was taken to the emergency room with facial injuries, police said.

If convicted of the most serious charge, aggravated criminal sexual assault, Little would be sentenced to between six and 30 years in prison.

Someone called police on the woman's behalf and both Little and the woman were at the home when police arrived, DeKalb Police Cmdr. John Petragallo said. The woman told police Little had punched and strangled her until she passed out and then raped her when she awoke, Petragallo said.

Children were present in the home, Petragallo said.

Little is serving two years of probation for harming the same woman a year, to the date, earlier, court records show. He was charged with aggravated domestic battery, a felony, March 17, 2013, but as part of a negotiated agreement, prosecutors allowed him to plead guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery in June, court records show. He also was sentenced to 93 days in jail.

Little is next due in court April 15.

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