A Chicago real estate lawyer was arrested on charges he sexually assaulted a Minnesota woman inside her Streeterville hotel room Tuesday after she left the door to her room open, prosecutors said today.
Anthony Bergamino Jr., 49, was charged with one count of criminal sexual assault in the early morning attack at the W Chicago Hotel at 644 N. Lake Shore Dr. Cook County Judge James Brown set his bail Wednesday at $350,000.
Prosecutors said the 24-year-old victim had slightly propped open the door to her room because she was expecting a friend to stop by momentarily. Shortly before 2 a.m., Bergamino entered the room and sexually assaulted the woman, prosecutors said.
The woman told her friend about the attack and notified police and hotel security.
While Chicago police were at the scene, she saw Bergamino in the hallway and identified him as the assailant, Assistant State’s Atty. Angela Carlisle said.
The woman was treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Carlisle said.
Bergamino, who appeared in court in a disheveled white dress shirt and blue jeans, earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1988 and has worked as a real estate lawyer and investor for about 25 years, according to his court-appointed attorney. He lives near to the hotel, also in the 600 block of North Lake Shore Drive, according to public records.
Prosecutors said Bergamino has no past criminal convictions.
“We are certainly cooperating with the police as they conduct their investigation,” said Heather Steenge-Hart, the hotel’s general manager, who declined further comment on the alleged sexual assault.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times