Chicago-area man faces juvenile rape, child pornography charges in Rockford

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — 38-year-old Samir Barakat, of Bridgeview, was arrested by U.S. Marshals last Thursday. He faces charges of criminal sexual assault and child pornography for a crime which involved a juvenile and allegedly occurred in Rockford in October of 2018.

Rockford Police say they received notice from the Bridgeview Police Department about an alleged sexual assault of a minor which had happened at a residence in the 1900 block of West Riverside Boulevard in October.

Police identifed Barakat as a suspect. Barakat was an acquaintance of the victim’s family.

He was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Bridgeview on May 9th, and was charged with Criminal Sexual Assault, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, and Child Pornography.

He was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail.

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