Chicago Man Convicted Of Raping 74-Year-Old Elgin Woman

ST. CHARLES TWP., Ill. (STMW) — A Chicago man is facing between 60 and 120 years in prison for the home invasion, rape and beating of a 74-year-old Elgin woman after a jury found him guilty Friday on all counts in the case.

Jurors deliberated for just 90 minutes before finding Rodney L. McGowan, 42, guilty of the charges that included Class X counts of home invasion and aggravated criminal sexual assault as well as a charge of aggravated battery to a senior citizen.

A Class X felony carries a mandatory prison sentence of up to 60 years, and Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Cullen said he will ask Judge Timothy Q. Sheldon to impose sentences to run consecutively — creating the possibility of a 120-year sentence for McGowan.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 25.

According to prosecutors, McGowan entered the woman’s Fleetwood Drive apartment through an unlocked window at about midnight on April 24, 2010. She woke up to McGowan “pummeling” her in the face, said Assistant State’s Attorney Reagan McGuire during her closing statement to the jury today.

The victim testified that she couldn’t identify her attacker because of the blows to her face and eye.

McGowan broke her eye socket in three places and her cheekbone, prosecutors said.

During the attack, she thought “I was going to die, that this guy is going to kill me,” she said on the stand.

When the victim told the man that she’d give him money to stop, he said “Oh, money,” got up and walked out, she testified.

Although the victim told a 911 dispatcher that her assailant “punched her in the vagina,” the rape case was built largely on circumstantial evidence, Cullen said.

“She was not sure that she was sexually assaulted,” Cullen said after the verdict. The victim refused a pelvic examination in the emergency room following her assault.

However, police found a condom wrapper with McGowan’s fingerprint on it and a used condom with his DNA inside of it — and what was likely the victim’s DNA outside of it — in the victim’s apartment, and that proved the case, Cullen said.

Police tracked down McGowan after viewing security camera footage for the woman’s senior living complex on Fleetwood Drive and tape from nearby buildings that prosecutors said show him leaving the victim’s building that night.

According to officials, McGowan previously spent 20 years of a 26-year sentence in prison on robbery and kidnapping charges in Arkansas and was released in 2006.

 (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Mr. Justice

    The man does not deserve prison. He deserves a .45 in the head. And CBS stop censoring comments.

    • Joann Butkus

      MR. Justice! I’ll be happy to do it !!



  • Conservative Mailman

    And to believe our lovely Gov Quinn decided against the death penalty. People like this do not deserve to share oxygen with us. Time to move to a real state like Texas.

  • Lee Stoddard

    This is why we do not visit your fare city, because of the amount of crime and (Bizare) at that.
    I remember the (Don’t judge a book by the cover) thing and the (One bad apple),
    But my Brother and I are disabled and can’t be assured of our well being.
    I am sorry for the upstanding people there that deserve to have the chance to show off your interesting city, but this just diddn’t help.
    Hope this doesn’t happen again, and We did LIKE ALL the comments.
    Our prayers and thoughts go out to her. CAN’T WE JUST ALL GET ALONG?

    • jgloots

      Which fare city are you referring to? Elgin, where the crime occurred, or Chicago, where the clown was from?

  • Lee Stoddard

    P.S. I love your form of punishment ideas. But personally I would just put him in a bra and nightie and tell the inmates He is the new stress reliever.

  • Canowhipass

    Filthy Rabid Savage needs to be strung up

  • Davidd

    Castration would work well.

  • Editor in Grief

    Where is Egin? Is it just south of Gurney? In the state of Illinoise? This is why people do not buy newspapers anymore. They are no longer edited for correct spelling above a spell check. At least the internet is free, but it is still riddled with miss-spellings and poor use of the English language. Really, in the title???
    Show this woman some respect by taking the time to get the story right, spelling and all!!!

    • Editor in Grief

      Well at least they read the comments and changed it correctly to Elgin. Now it looks like my post doesn’t make sense, but the headline read “EGIN”. Shows that some are in too much of a hurry to get the news out without reading their own stuff.

  • eddie

    lock him a cell with about ten sex starved hard core convicts

  • Jeffrey Ames

    I’m going to cancel our upcoming vacation to Chicago. There’s no way I’m subjecting my family to these racist flash mobs and rapists.

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