Written by Steve Sadin
An Oak Park teen charged with raping, beating and robbing a Highland Park teenager on New Year’s Eve in 2011 pleaded guilty today in Cook County Criminal Court and was sentenced to six years in prison, according to a story in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Anwar Barbour, who was 16 on Dec. 31, 2011, admitted to being one of three teenagers who attacked a Highland Park High School student, 18 at the time, outside the Congress Theater in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.
Barbour and another teen, Terrance Ford, 15 at the time, were accused of sexually assaulting and beating the woman who was turned away from a New Year's Eve show at the theater. Charles Chuning, then 16, was also charged.
Barbour admitted to one count of criminal sexual abuse and another for robbery, according to the Sun Times. He was sentenced to three years for the rape charge and another six for robbery by Cook County Criminal Court Judge Diane Cannon. The sentences will run concurrently.
Immediately after the attack, there was an outpouring of support for the victim.