Sycamore man charged with sexual assualt

By David Matz

Sycamore | A Sycamore man was arrested on a warrant for aggravated criminal sexual assault shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Sycamore Police Department press release. Mark A. Tate, 41, is being held on $500,000 bond for the DeKalb County Jail. He would need to post $50,000 in order to be released.

A local hospital notified the Sycamore Police Dectives after they treated a 13 year old girl who was pregnant, police began an investigation on July 30. At the start of the investigation the victim was believed to be about six months pregnant, said Sycamore Detective Dan Hoffman. During the investigation police learned that Tate and the victim lived in the same house and have probable cause that Tate is the father of the unborn child.

“We felt there was enough evidence to charge the suspect,” Hoffman said. Hoffman couldn’t comment on the relationship between the victim and Tate and didn’t know how long they’ve been living together.

If convicted Tate could be sentenced six to 30 years in prison and fined no more than $25,000. Tate’s court date is set for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 30 at the DeKalb County Courthouse.