An Aurora man with a history of arrests for approaching women in libraries and touching their bare feet with his bare foot was sentenced to six years in prison for incidents in 2015 and 2016.
A DuPage County judge sentenced Omar A. Carlton, 45, to consecutive three-year terms for aggravated battery for accosting a woman at the Warrenville Public Library and four others at the North Central College library in Naperville.
Judge Daniel Guerin noted that Carlton’s actions did not cause physical harm, but commented extensively about his history of similar offenses that dates back to 1989.
"This defendant has brazenly and deliberately and repeatedly violated the physical dignity and security of women through unwanted and unlawful touching," Guerin said.
In addition, Carlton had been sentenced to a 10-year prison term in the 1990s for robbery and had generally a "pronounced disregard" for the law, the judge noted.
During the first part of his sentencing hearing on April 3, Carlton admitted to having a foot fetish that was exacerbated by a drinking problem, and he said he needed help on more than one level. His attorney suggested the best way to handle his case was through probation and counseling.
But in announcing the sentence Monday, the judge said Carlton had not done well in previous attempts at counseling. Courts records show he had been dismissed twice from programs, once for disagreeing with his counselor and another for what was described as "a lack of accountability, progress and insight," the judge said.
The DuPage County probation department had made a recommendation that Carlton not be given a sentence of probation, Guerin said.
Carlton’s first arrest was in 1989, when he touched a woman’s foot at Waubonsee Community College near Aurora. Before his arrests in Warrenville and Naperville, Carlton was also involved in incidents at the Northern Illinois University library and the library at Wheaton College.
Carlton, the judge said, appeared to be either dismissive of, or disinterested in, a woman’s right to be free from his unwanted sexual urges.
Clifford Ward is a freelance reporter.