While lawyers argued his counsel’s motion, a 39-year-old man who soon will be tried on charges of sexually assaulting a woman in Sycamore lost his cool Wednesday afternoon in a DeKalb County courtroom.
Ivan Faunce was charged in April with aggravated criminal sexual assault and two counts of criminal sexual assault against the woman he met through an online dating app, records show. The most serious offense, aggravated criminal sexual assault, is punishable by six to 30 years in prison.
“I didn’t do anything, Judge Stuckert,” Faunce said. “I did not commit a crime, and I’m still incarcerated in shackles after nine months. This isn’t fair. I want my freedom. It’s a false police report.”
Chief Judge Robbin Stuckert brought Faunce back into line, and said at the end of the hearing she expects to rule Jan. 18 on motions by Faunce’s lawyer, Public Defender Chip Criswell, including one to not allow the victim identifying him as her assailant as evidence in his trial.
Faunce was arrested March 29 and booked into Salt Lake City jail after a brief standoff with U.S. Marshals, during which he barricaded himself in an RV, in which a gun was later found, police said in court records.
Police said Faunce and the victim met through an online dating app, then met in person later in a local business, after which she said a violent sexual assault occurred. The incident took place May 27, 2016, according to court documents.
Criswell argued that a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office deputy did not properly follow statute when she showed the victim a lineup of pictures at Valley West Hospital in Sandwich.
Criswell also filed motions to bar some of Faunce’s past convictions, statements he made to an undisclosed source, information on the standoff and any references to him fleeing as evidence in the trial.
After the Jan. 18 ruling, the final trial setting is set for Feb. 22, with the trial set to begin Feb. 26.