Jury Rejects ‘Consensual’ Argument In 2010 Wheeling Rape

CHICAGO (STMW) — A Highland Park man was convicted Monday of handcuffing and raping an oral surgeon at knifepoint after breaking into the Wheeling condominium she was

The Cook County jury deliberated more than 16 hours over two days before convicting 33-year-old Matthew Schaffer of the 2010 attack.

Schaffer’s attorneys argued last week during his trial that he had taken part in consensual, “unorthodox” sex with the 31-year-old married woman, who was staying with friends while visiting the Chicago area.

“I’m disappointed,” defense attorney Ralph Meczyk said after jurors — who began deliberating Friday — returned the guilty verdict Monday evening.

The New York woman testified that she could not identify her attacker because he was wearing a pantyhose mask over his face when she awoke to find him in her bedroom early on May 23, 2010.

But she insisted she had never previously seen Schaffer, whose DNA was found on the shirt she was wearing the night of the assault.

Her Cartier watch was taken during the break-in, but later was found in a Chicago pawnshop — with Schaffer’s name and address on the receipt, prosecutors said during the trial.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • my shorts or not

    hell, he’ll be out in no time! Probably next week for good behavior, over crowding, empathy…..

  • B

    The Idiot Pawned the Watch in his own Name! LOL He is going where he belongs.

  • Estrogenaphobia

    Maybe the arrest and conviction were part of her fantasy he was “helping out” with. Boy did she trick YOU!

  • Roberta Waker

    I agree that it was dumb to pawn the watch in his own name. And, his DNA showed up on her clothes. Stay in jail where you belong.

  • NWA

    Oh yeah, classic defense. She wanted me to do it. Didn’t work then, what would make them think that it would work now?


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