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Crime & Courts

Sycamore rape suspect sentenced to 2 years for failing to register as a sex offender

Broughton could face life in prison if convicted of 2017 sex assault charge

Thomas Broughton of Sycamore is escorted into Judge Robbin Stuckert's courtroom Thursday at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore. Broughton was sentenced to two years for failing to register as a sex offender, but is still awaiting sentencing for charges of felony sexual assault and unlawful restraint from earlier in 2017.
Thomas Broughton of Sycamore is escorted into Judge Robbin Stuckert's courtroom Thursday at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore. Broughton was sentenced to two years for failing to register as a sex offender, but is still awaiting sentencing for charges of felony sexual assault and unlawful restraint from earlier in 2017.

SYCAMORE – A Sycamore man accused of repeatedly raping a 19-year-old acquaintance with his fiancée was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday for failing to register as a sex offender after a previous aggravated criminal sexual abuse conviction.

Thomas A. Broughton, formerly of the 400 block of East State Street, has been held in the DeKalb County Jail since January after being charged with sexual assault and unlawful restraint. Ashley N. Zick, Broughton’s fiancée, who gave birth to his child this year, faces the same charges.

Broughton pleaded guilty in 2012 to aggravated criminal sexual abuse for inappropriately touching a 5-year-old girl and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Justin Fitzsimmons has been assigned as special prosecutor for the rape case because DeKalb County State’s Attorney Rick Amato previously represented Broughton in the 2012 case.

Fitzsimmons said Broughton should not be sentenced to probation because Broughton had multiple opportunities to register as a sex offender and did not.

DeKalb County judge Robbin Stuckert agreed with Fitzsimmons and sentenced Broughton to two years with time served, which amounted to 331 days as of Thursday.

She also set bond in his sexual assault case at $500,000.

Should Broughton complete his prison sentence before a ruling on his rape case, he would have to post $50,000 bail or be held at the DeKalb County Jail.

If convicted of sexual assault, he would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison while Zick could face four to 15 years in prison.

Prosecutors said Broughton drove the 19-year-old victim to the couple’s Sycamore apartment and gave her alcohol.

He and Zick then carried the woman to the bedroom and tied her hands and feet to the bed with straps. Both raped the woman multiple times despite her saying “stop” and “no,” according to court documents.

Broughton will be back in court at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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