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Suspected Serial Rapist Marc Winner 'Anxious' For Trial, Attorney Says

 Marc Winner, 45, was arraigned Monday on charges that were initially dropped in 2013.
Marc Winner, 45, was arraigned Monday on charges that were initially dropped in 2013.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — The West Loop tanning-salon owner accused of raping at least three women is "anxious" to go to trial, where he believes "the case will come out in his favor," his attorney said Monday.

Marc Winner, 45, has been charged with sexually assaulting three women between 2009 and 2015. Each victim either visited or worked at Winner's salon, Soleil Tanning Salon at 1018 W. Madison St., court records show.

RELATED: Tanning Salon Owner Marc Winner Raped Me in 2001 But Went Free, Woman Says

Though Winner was initially released on bond, a Cook County judge on Saturday dubbed the man "a danger" and ordered him held without bail pending trial.

Winner is "anxious to get this case to trial," defense attorney Steven J. Weinberg said after a brief court appearance Monday.

"He is sitting in court on a no-bail order," Weinberg continued, "and he is currently anxious to have these issues aired in court, where we think the case will come out in his favor."

Winner was initially charged in October 2015 with raping a 26-year-old client after she visited his West Loop salon in August.

Last week, prosecutors re-filed charges against Winner in a 2013 sexual-assault case was that was initially dismissed by a judge during a preliminary hearing. In that case, Winner is accused of raping a former employee in 2009.

And on Friday, prosecutors charged Winner in a third rape case — this one involving a former employee who was allegedly attacked in 2012.

Winner was released on bond in October after he paid $50,000, or 10 percent of his $500,000 bail.

According to court records, Winner was allowed to continue working at Soleil Tanning Salon so long as he maintained a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew and didn't have unsupervised contact with female clients. He also wore an electronic-monitoring bracelet.

But when Assistant State's Attorney Mikki Miller during a bond hearing Saturday described Winner's pending cases to Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr., the judge ruled that Winner would be held without bail moving forward.

"The proof is evident," Bourgeois told Winner during the weekend bond hearing. The judge denied Winner bail, telling him "You are a danger."

In 2001, Winner was arrested for sexually assaulting a woman named Lesley Barton and eventually convicted of battery in the case, records show. Barton on Friday shared her story with DNAinfo Chicago.

"I am just so sorry that I couldn't stop him," Barton said. "I told everyone what he was going to do. I knew this was going to happen. I prayed it didn't."

According to court records, prosecutors believe Winner has at least two additional possible victims. They have asked possible victims or anyone with information to contact Chicago Police Area Central Sex Crimes Detectives at 312-747-8380.

Related links:

• Tanning Salon Owner Marc Winner Raped Me in 2001 But Went Free, Woman Says

• Salon Owner Charged In 3 Rape Cases Denied Bail, 'A Danger,' Judge Says

• West Loop Tanning Salon Owner Marc Winner Charged In 3rd Rape Case

• W. Loop Salon Owner Charged With Rape Faces Eviction From River North Spot

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

• Tanning Salon Owner Raped Client in West Loop, Prosecutors Say

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