Judge rejects bail reduction for C.P. man accused in sex crime case

2014-02-28T15:30:00Z 2014-02-28T22:44:05Z Judge rejects bail reduction for C.P. man accused in sex crime caseLu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 28, 2014 3:30 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Judge Salvador Vasquez denied a motion Friday that would have allowed a bail reduction for a Crown Point man whose trial earlier this week on a class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor charge resulted in a hung jury.

Christopher Michael Bartosik, 26, is currently being held in the Lake County Jail on $60,000 bail.

Lake County prosecutors also charged Bartosik with a Class C felony of sexual misconduct with a minor and two Class D felonies of sexual battery and criminal confinement in the incident that occurred in July 2013 in Griffith.

A no-contact order was issued on Feb. 3 by Vasquez.

Defense attorney John Cantrell filed the motion Wednesday to reduce Bartosik’s bail, a move that might have allowed the defendant to be released from jail. Cantrell cited the mistrial that Vasquez declared on Tuesday when the jury couldn’t reach a verdict as a factor in requesting lower bail.

“My client wants to defend himself,” Cantrell said.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Michael Toth objected to any change in the bail amount, noting Bartosik failed to appear at a hearing after his bail was reduced in December.

Toth also said a check of the jury outcome revealed that 9 of the 12 jurors were in favor of a guilty verdict.

Bartosik “has had multiple chances for a plea agreement,” Toth said.

In making his decision to reject the motion to reduce bail, Vasquez also cited the jury’s outcome of 9-to-3 in favor of a guilty verdict.

Previous convictions in Illinois also were aggravating circumstances, the judge said.

If no plea agreement can be reached by the next court date of March 11, Vasquez said he will set another trial date.

He reminded Bartosik and Cantrell that a class B felony conviction carries a 6- to 20-year sentence. With previous convictions, Bartosik could face more than 30 years if convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor.

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