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08/21/87 the People of the State of v. William J. Bayer

August 21, 1987

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE

v.

WILLIAM J. BAYER, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT



APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS, THIRD DISTRICT

513 N.E.2d 457, 160 Ill. App. 3d 218, 112 Ill. Dec. 43 1987.IL.1213

Appeal from the Circuit Court of La Salle County; the Hon. Louis J. Perona, Judge, presiding.

APPELLATE Judges:

JUSTICE WOMBACHER delivered the opinion of the court. BARRY, P.J., and SCOTT, J., concur.

DECISION OF THE COURT DELIVERED BY THE HONORABLE JUDGE WOMBACHER

Following a jury trial, the defendant, William J. Bayer, was convicted of aggravated indecent liberties with a child (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1983, ch. 38, par. 11-4.1(a)), aggravated criminal sexual assault, child pornography, and two counts of criminal sexual assault. (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1985, ch. 38, pars. 12-14(b)(1), 11-20.1(a)(1)(vii), 12-13(a)(3).) The defendant was sentenced to 14 years each for aggravated indecent liberties and aggravated criminal sexual assault, 10 years for child pornography and eight years for each criminal sexual assault. The defendant appeals.

The salient facts are as follows. In January or February of 1983, the defendant ordered the victim, his then nine-year-old stepdaughter, to go to his bedroom, disrobe and climb under the covers. The defendant also undressed and got under the covers. He then placed his penis in her mouth for three to five minutes and ejaculated. Later that evening, a friend of the victim visited. The defendant ordered both girls to stand naked at the foot of his bed while he got into the bed. Nothing else occurred and the defendant permitted the girls to get dressed. The defendant told the victim's friend that she would be put into a foster home and would never see her parents again if she told anyone about this incident.

On April 10, 1983 or 1984, the defendant and the victim's mother had a fight. During the fight, the defendant went to the victim's bedroom. At the mother's request, the victim went to get the defendant. When the victim entered the room, the defendant asked her to come over to him. The defendant unzipped his pants, placed his penis in the victim's mouth and, after three to five minutes, ejaculated in her mouth.

On February 14, 1985, the victim was awakened by the defendant after she went to bed at around 10 p.m. The defendant began kissing her face. He then pulled down the blanket, pulled up her nightgown and placed his finger in her vagina, moving it back and forth for two to three minutes.

In October or early November of 1985, the defendant told the victim to pull up her nightgown and open her legs. The victim was naked beneath her nightgown. The defendant took a picture of her. This photograph was admitted into evidence.

On November 4, 1985, between 6 and 6:30 a.m., the defendant came into the victim's bedroom and awakened her. He placed his penis in her mouth where it remained for a few minutes until he ejaculated. The same incident occurred on the next day, November 5, 1985.

The court admitted into evidence various samples taken from the victim on November 5, 1985. A forensic scientist testified that she was able to identify trace amounts of seminal material on swabs taken of the gums, teeth and oral pharynx of the victim. The forensic scientist could not identify the source of the seminal material nor specify when it was deposited.

On appeal, the defendant's first argument is that the trial court erred in admitting evidence of other forcible sexual activity by the defendant to show his common scheme or modus operandi. At trial, the court denied the defendant's motion in limine to bar the State from presenting evidence of the defendant's forcible sexual activities with another minor, E.E., from 1979 to 1982. The court ruled that the other crimes evidence was admissible to show the common scheme or modus operandi of the defendant.

At trial, E.E. testified that while the defendant resided with her mother for three years beginning in 1979, the defendant forced her to perform oral sex approximately once a month. The first act occurred when she was nine years old. E.E. did not tell her mother about these incidents while the defendant was living with them because he said that he would hurt her or her mother. E.E. further testified that the defendant twice ...


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