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Crime & Courts

Victims testify in predatory assault case of DeKalb man

Carlos A. Botello
Carlos A. Botello

SYCAMORE – In opening statements for the trial of a DeKalb man charged with predatory criminal sexual assault involving two children, prosecutors said his actions were a betrayal of trust.

Carlos A. Botello, 27, who faces charges of predatory criminal sexual assault, and aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child, was in court Tuesday for the first day of testimony in his trial.

“He used the bodies of two young girls to satisfy his unique brand of sexual desire,” First Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Klein told jurors during her opening statement.

During their opening statements, defense attorney Gregory Walker said he would set out to show that the story was fabricated the victim’s mother when Botello rekindled his relationship with the mother of his biological children.

“This is not a case of did he do it or didn’t he do it,” Walker said. “It’s a case of it never happened.” Walker told jurors the case boils down to “heartbreak and loss.”

Botello was charged in January of 2017 after an investigation by DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office started investigating Botello after learning of allegations of sexual contact between Botello and two children younger than 13, according to a news release.

Botello is accused of inappropriate contact with the children on multiple occasions between October 2016 and Dec. 24, 2016, according to court records and the news release.

The victims’ mother testified Tuesday that she called police after her daughters told her what happened the last time he watched them. She said one of them was curled up in the fetal position on her bed, before saying that Botello would ask the girls to touch him.

The mother said she told the girls it was a very serious thing and if they were sure she would have to call the police.

She testified that one of her daughters still has nightmares.

On cross examination, Walker asked the mother if it was true Botello had cosigned on the lease for her apartment. She said he did. Walker then asked if she would have had someone to drive her to work without him.

“He said he would still help me,” she said.

One of the victims also testified, describing Botello coercing her and her sister into performing sex acts. She said Botello once locked her in the bathroom and tried to take her shorts off by grabbing the belt loop of her shorts, but was unsuccessful.

The trial will continue Wednesday.

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