CHARLESTON -- A man who'd been at-large for three years until his arrest in March of last year admitted to a sex act with a sleeping or unconscious woman and received a prison sentence.
Jorge U. Lux pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal sexual abuse in connection with the June 26, 2013, incident. He and another man allegedly engaged in sex acts with the woman at the Charleston residence where they then lived.
With the agreement reached in his case, Lux, 30, was sentenced to three years in prison, the maximum prison term possible for the conviction. He received credit on his sentence for nearly a year in jail custody.
The original charge against him, criminal sexual assault, was dismissed. A conviction for that offense would have required a prison sentence of four to 15 years.
Both charges alleged the sex act took place while the woman was unable to consent. The dismissed charge included the allegation of sexual penetration while the one to which Lux pleaded guilty alleged only "sexual conduct."
Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien imposed the sentence by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher and defense attorney Jeannine Garrett recommended. Neither attorney was available for comment on the case.
Before his arrest last year, Lux had been at-large since he failed to appear at a scheduled court hearing on Oct. 7, 2013.
The other suspect, Julian A. Reynoso, now 22, didn't show at a court hearing a week before that and still hasn't been located.
At the time of Lux's arrest last year, police indicated they responded to an anonymous tip and located and arrested him in Charleston.
There was no information available at that time on where Lux might have been since his last court appearance in 2013.
According to records in the cases, the 2013 incident took place after the woman left a Charleston tavern and then had car trouble.
She went to Lux's and Reynoso's residence on 11th Street in Charleston seeking help but later awoke in a bed and suspected that she'd been sexually assaulted, the records say.
She later identified Reynoso as one of the men at the home, according to the records.