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