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People v. Green

NOVEMBER 30, 1970.




APPEAL from the Circuit Court of Du Page County; the Hon. THOMAS J. MORAN, Judge, presiding.


The defendant, Baxter A. Green, was indicted and tried by the court. The first three counts of the indictment charged, respectively, attempted rape, attempt to commit indecent liberties with a child and indecent liberties with a child. The fourth count charged battery. He was found guilty of all four counts and sentenced to five years probation, with the first year to be served at Vandalia. A motion for a new trial was denied, and this appeal follows.

The defendant contends that the State's evidence was insufficient to prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt; that the State erred in not attempting to introduce defendant's photographs taken by the police; that conviction on all crimes charged is improper because all arose from the same transaction; and that the sentence was excessive.

On December 13, 1968, the defendant had two places of employment, one as a police officer in McCook, Illinois (where he was employed on the 11:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M. shift), and the other, during the day, as an operating engineer for a contractor. The defendant was married and the father of two daughters, but separated from his wife at the time of the occurrence herein.

On the day in question, he worked until approximately 11:00 A.M., and then proceeded to a tavern where his girlfriend, the mother of the victim, had been working. The girlfriend, who was also separated from her spouse, testified on his behalf that she served him between 20 and 25 drinks of brandy and beer and that he left at 5:30 P.M. to go to the dentist. She met him at the dentist's office and then each drove their car to a tavern where they had three drinks apiece. They then drove their own cars to their separate homes. The girlfriend lived in Downers Grove, Illinois, where the occurrence took place, and defendant had been living in McCook, Illinois.

Later, the defendant left his home with his brother-in-law. The two men made a tour of the bars in the McCook area, lastly stopping at Sam's Hollow Tavern. The brother-in-law then drove the defendant to the apartment of the girlfriend. Defendant entered the apartment at 11:00 P.M., using his own key.

The prosecuting witness, a female child of 12 years, testified that the defendant entered the apartment while she was lying on the couch in her nightgown, watching television; that her mother was in bed in the bedroom next to the living room; that the defendant went to the kitchen and returned with a can of beer and sat next to her on the couch; that he then laid next to her and commenced kissing her on the ear; that she inquired as to why he struck her mother on a previous occasion; that an argument ensued and he demanded an apology; that she refused and he placed her over his knees and spanked her; that her mother came to the bedroom door and told the defendant to stop; that he then pushed her mother into the bedroom onto the bed; that he then ordered her into the bedroom and she complied; that he entered the bedroom while she and her mother were in bed, he completely undressed and entered the bed; that at this time she was on the side of the bed next to the wall, her mother in the middle and the defendant at the opposite side; the defendant then put his arm around both her mother and herself; he attempted to get into the middle position in bed and her mother tried to prevent his doing so; that at this time he was also attempting to lift up her nightgown; that he had one of his legs over both her mother and herself and was holding her from leaving the bed; that during this struggle, the mother was able to free herself from beneath him; that her mother fled the room; that defendant continued to struggle with her; he ripped her nightgown and pulled down her underpants; that during the struggle he slapped her on several occasions and placed his hands upon her private parts many times; that after a short period of time the police entered the bedroom. When the police arrived, the defendant was on top of the girl in a position to have sexual intercourse.

At trial the defendant testified that he had no recollection of any of the events taking place from the time he left Sam's Hollow Tavern until he found himself in jail. Defense witnesses testified that they had seen him at various bars prior to the occurrence. Their testimony was to the effect that the defendant was in a very intoxicated condition. The defendant's chief of police and sergeant also testified that they visited the defendant in jail shortly after his arrest and they were both of the opinion that the defendant was intoxicated.

In direct conflict to this evidence, the State offered the testimony of six police officers who had occasion to observe and talk with the defendant at the scene of arrest and at the police station. Their testimony was to the effect that the defendant's breath had the odor of alcohol but that he was not intoxicated. They testified that his speech, walk and coherency were all normal.

The defendant's principle defense at trial and his contention on review is that, because of the degree of his intoxication, he did not have the specific intent necessary to commit the crimes charged in the first three counts nor the general intent necessary to commit the crime of battery.

• 1 The element of specific intent may be inferred from the acts of assault as well as from words spoken during such assault. This element, like all other elements, may be gathered from the total factual situation. People v. Cozzie (1947), 397 Ill. 620, 621-622.

In People v. Evrard (1965), 55 Ill. App.2d 270, the court affirmed the defendant's conviction of indecent liberties with a child. There, as in the Cozzie case, the defendant contended he was so intoxicated he did not know what he was doing and therefore could not form the specific intent necessary. The court, in affirming the decision, relied on the Cozzie case, and refused to substitute its judgment for that of the trial court. At page 273-274 it was stated:

"* * * The record supports the finding of the trial court that the defendant's intoxication was not so great as to exclude his having the specific intent essential to the crime, and under such circumstances we will not substitute our judgment for that of the trial court."

• 2 In the instant case, from a review of the entire record, we are of the opinion that the trial court was correct in finding the ...

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