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Crime & Courts

NIU student faces battery charges after incident at Stevenson Hall

Sharrod A. Hill, 19, of Chicago
Sharrod A. Hill, 19, of Chicago

SYCAMORE – A Northern Illinois University student who prosecutors say choked a woman multiple times during an incident in and around his dorm room was released on his own recognizance Monday.

Sharrod A. Hill, 19, of Chicago was arrested by NIU police hours after the incident, which occurred about 2:30 a.m. Sunday at Stevenson Hall, court records show.

Hill forced himself on the victim and groped her, according to a police synopsis in court records. After she stopped him, they both left the room and took the elevator to the ground floor. Before the victim, who is not an NIU student, could leave the elevator, he grabbed her by the neck and said, “You’re not leaving me,” according to court records.

She ran, and he chased and caught her, grabbing her by the back of the neck, turning her and choking her with both hands, according to court records.

She crawled away and again tried to run, but he caught her in the dining hall, grabbed her around the neck and forced her onto a table, court records show.

After getting away once again, she went to the south tower’s front desk, where her sister met her. Saying Hill “walked aggressively” toward her and her sister, the victim punched him in the face, fearing he would assault her sister, court records show.

As part of his bond, Hill is not allowed any contact with either the victim or her sister.

If convicted of the most serious offense, aggravated domestic battery, Hill could face three to seven years in prison.

NIU spokesman Joe King said federal privacy laws prevent the university from commenting on specific cases, but added that discipline for such an incident could range from a ban from campus to expulsion.

Because the details of the reported assault – in Hill’s room, in the hall’s elevator and in the dining hall – were sexual in nature, prosecutor Alicia Kaplan asked that Hill’s bond be set at $10,000. She said if Hill is convicted, he could be required to register as a sex offender.

His next court appearance is 9 a.m. June 2.

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