Algonquin Rapist Convicted

A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office:


Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces today that Andrew Spanier, 58, of Algonquin, was found guilty Friday, April 29, 2011, of the offenses of

  • Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and
  • Criminal Sexual Assault.

On October 9, 2009, the victim was at the defendant’s home for purposes of employment.

At the time, the defendant ran a cleaning business.

Prior to the victim leaving the defendant’s home to clean a residence, the defendant offered to give the victim a tour of his home.

When in the basement, the defendant threw the victim onto a bed, forcibly removed her clothing, and raped her.

The evidence at trial showed that within days the victim spoke about the rape with two of her friends, as well as reported the incident to her physician.

During the trial a recorded telephone conversation between the victim and the defendant was introduced into evidence where the defendant indicated

  • that“he thought the resistance was not that strong”,
  • that he felt “remorseful”,
  • that “some animal instinct came over” him, and
  • he offered to pay her $500.

The defendant testified, where he admitted to the sexual intercourse, but claimed it was consensual.

Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, the more serious charge, carries with it a sentencing range of 6 – 30 years where 85% of any sentence would have to be served, as well as lifetime sex offender registration. Sentencing is scheduled for June 29, 2011. This case was investigated by

  • Sgt. Bucci,
  • Det. Sgt. Lamz, and
  • CSO Slabinski of the Algonquin Police department,

and was prosecuted by Ryan Blackney and Patrick Kenneally.

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