Rockford, Illinois News

Rockford man convicted of sexually assaulting woman as she slept

ROCKFORD — A jury has convicted a Rockford man of sexually assaulting a woman as she slept.

Juan Moreno-Jimenez, 51, was convicted of criminal sexual assault Wednesday after a trial in front of Judge Brendan Maher.

On the morning of August 4, 2019, Rockford Police officers responded to a call regarding a sexual assault that occurred during a small gathering. When officers arrived on the scene, they located a naked Moreno-Jimenez laying partially in the street. They later learned that the victim went to sleep and woke up to him sexually assaulting her.

The victim was able to get away, alerting others that she’d been assaulted. Other partygoers brought Jimenez out to the street, where he was found by police.

“It took a lot of courage by the victim to report and testify against the defendant,” Assistant State’s Attorney Melissa Voss said. “She had an incredible strength and resolve.  I’m also proud of the others who stood up for the victim both during the incident and in court.  It is because of everyone’s cooperation that the defendant is being held accountable.”

Moreno-Jimenez is scheduled to appear in court again at 8:30 a.m., May 20, in Courtroom D of the Criminal Justice Center. He remains lodged in the Winnebago County Jail.

Criminal sexual assault is a Class 1 felony, punishable by four to 15 years in prison.

The case was investigated by Rockford Police Department. Assistant State’s Attorneys Melissa Voss and Justin Neubauer handled the prosecution.