Man in custody for sexual assault of a juvenile in Rockford

ROCKFORD (WREX) — A man from the Chicago suburbs is in custody after police say he committed sexual assault to a minor in Rockford.

Samir Barakat, 38, of Bridgeview, was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals last week.

Rockford Police say the incident happened in October of 2018 in the 1900 block of W. Riverside Blvd. The suspect was later identified as Barakat, was an acquaintance of the victim’s family, according to police.

Barakat was taken into custody in Bridgeview and is now in the Winnebago County Jail. He faces multiple charges, including two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and child pornography.

Andrew Carrigan

Andrew Carrigan

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