Gurnee man’s sex assualt trial delayed
BY JIM NEWTON email@example.com September 13, 2013 4:41PM
Updated: October 15, 2013 7:29AM
A 19-year-old Gurnee man faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted of the child sex charges lodged against him.
During a pre-trial hearing Friday, Sept. 13, prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to delay Nyasha Mbawa’s trial considering the severity of the alleged crimes and the potential consequences of a conviction.
Mbawa, of the 36000 block of Grand Oaks Court, has pleaded not guilty to charges of predatory criminal sexual assault involving two girls under the age of 13.
According to police, the mother of one of the alleged victims told authorities that her daughter had said Mbawa had inappropriate sexual contact with her.
According to the sheriff’s office, Mbawa admitted that he had sexual contact with the girl and a second victim.
He had originally been charged with three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault for the first offense, and was later charged with four additional counts for contact with the second victim.
Mbawa was arrested by Lake County Sheriff’s deputies July 16 and remains in custody at the Lake County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond.
The trial delay, which was requested by the defense, was approved by Judge James Booras. A trial date has been set for Nov. 1.
Defense attorneys requested more time to review grand jury notes and other evidence in the case, noting that the Class X felonies against Mbawa call for a mandatory life sentence if convicted.