For­mer West Loop tan­ning salon owner pleads guilty in sec­ond sex abuse case

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MITCHELL ARMENTROUT, STAFF RE­PORTER mar­men­ | @mitchtrout

Six months af­ter he was con­victed of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a for­mer em­ployee, ex­tan­ning salon op­er­a­tor Marc Win­ner pleaded guilty on Fri­day to sex­u­ally abus­ing a cus­tomer in 2015.

Win­ner was sen­tenced to four years in prison plus two years of su­per­vi­sion by Judge Carol Howard, ac­cord­ing to the Cook County state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice.

The 47-year-old — who had ap­peared poised to head to trial be­fore his Fri­day guilty plea to one count of ag­gra­vated crim­i­nal sex­ual abuse —will be­gin serv­ing that sen­tence once he com­pletes the 13-year sen­tence handed down by Howard ear­lier this spring.

The lat­est case stemmed from an Au­gust 2015 en­counter when Win­ner at­tacked a 26-year-old woman who vis­ited his Soleil tan­ning salon near Madi­son and Car­pen­ter streets on the Near West Side.

Pros­e­cu­tors said the vic­tim moved away from Chicago and has had trou­ble keep­ing jobs or main­tain­ing re­la­tion­ships as a re­sult, ABC-7 re­ported.

Charges against Win­ner in the 2015 case ap­par­ently re­ju­ve­nated po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions into sev­eral other sex­ual as­sault claims that had stalled for years, with some al­le­ga­tions dat­ing as far back as 2001.

In May, Win­ner was con­victed of crim­i­nal sex­ual abuse and sex­ual as­sault for a 2009 at­tack on a for­mer em­ployee that hap­pened in­side his apart­ment near the tan­ning salon.

Marc Win­ner

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