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Man Gets 120-Year Term in 'Girl X' Sex Assault

July 03, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A man was sentenced to the maximum 120 years in prison for a sex attack that left a 9-year-old girl blind, mute and crippled.

Prosecutors said that in 1997, Patrick Sykes lured the girl into an apartment at Chicago's crime-ridden Cabrini-Green housing project, sexually assaulted her, poured roach spray down her throat, beat her and left her for dead in a dirty stairwell. The girl became known in the media as Girl X.

Girl X--now 14 and in a wheelchair--testified during the trial, using head movements to answer questions. She said a man she had seen often lured her into an apartment, then pulled a knife.

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