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Tanning Salon Owner Allegedly Raped 2nd Woman After Judge Tossed 2013 Case

COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — The West Loop tanning salon owner accused of raping a customer last summer is now facing additional rape charges, court records show.

Marc Winner, 45, was charged in October with raping and choking a 26-year-old woman after she stopped by Soleil Tanning Salon, 1018 W. Madison St., on Aug. 21.

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Winner was previously charged in 2013 with raping a former employee in a very similar case, prosecutors said. But those charges were eventually dismissed by a Cook County judge during an April 2013 preliminary hearing.

Now, more than three years later, prosecutors are once again pursuing those 2013 charges, court records show.

Winner was indicted Thursday on two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse — all stemming from his initial March 2013 arrest, according to court records.

It's not clear why prosecutors waited three years to refile charges. The Cook County State's Attorney's Office did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

In the 2013 case, Winner is accused of attacking a former employee after the pair ran into each other at a bar, prosecutors said.

After an evening out, the victim and a friend agreed to go back to Winner's apartment in the 1000 block of West Madison Street, records show. The friend eventually left, and Winner took away the victim's phone, court records said.

At that point, the victim became fearful, prosecutors said, and suggested Winner take her to the tanning salon, which is located on the same street.

Once there, the victim tried to call 911 from the front desk, but was unsuccessful in establishing a connection, prosecutors said. She eventually got back her cellphone and tried to call 911 multiple times, but each call was a hang-up, records show.

At some point, the victim was able to sneak a call to her sister. She told the sister she was about to be raped, prosecutors said, and asked the sister to call 911.

Winner interrupted the call, according to authorities, and dragged the victim back to his apartment. There, he pushed the woman into his bedroom and raped her, prosecutors said.

When Winner went to shower after the attack, the woman was able to grab her clothes and run away, court records show. She called 911 and her sister, and a rape kit was collected at a nearby hospital. DNA taken from her body was a positive match to Winner's DNA, records show.

Winner was arraigned on the new charges Monday.

He still faces an additional 20 felony counts from the alleged August 2015 rape, including aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery by strangulation and unlawful restraint.

In the 2015 case, Winner is accused of attacking a 26-year-old woman who visited his tanning salon around midnight Aug. 21.

Winner convinced the woman to get drinks with him, prosecutors said, and brought her to his nearby apartment after she crashed her car trying to go home. Once there, Winner took away the woman's cellphone, carried her into his bedroom and proceeded to rape and choke her, prosecutors said.

Winner has been free since October, when he posted $50,000, or 10 percent of his $500,000 bail.

Prosecutors earlier this year filed a petition asking for an increased bond since they believe Winner "poses a real and present threat to the physical safety of any woman entering the defendant's place of business, Soleil Tanning Salon."

Cook County Judge Carol M. Howard upheld the initial bail, but required Winner to adhere to a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew, court records show.

Though Winner is allowed to work, he can't have unsupervised contact with female customers, the judge ruled. Additionally, he can't use customers' personal contact information for anything other than business purposes.

He also wears an electronic monitoring bracelet and is required to report to the county monthly.

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