Almost 17 years after a Bensenville woman was sexually assaulted at knife point in her apartment, the man convicted of the crime is set to be sentenced.
DuPage County Judge Robert Kleeman on Tuesday is expected to sentence Kurt Serzen, 55, who was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual assault. The victim testified today, as the sentencing hearing got underway, that the assault has caused her to suffer from panic attacks.
“Give him a sentence to protect other innocent women who might the defendant’s next victim,” she told Kleeman.
Serzen, formerly of Hanover Park, was not arrested for the crime until 2003 when DNA recovered in 1996 was matched to Serzen’s, which was collected when he was charged with another crime.
Prosecutors today called a list of police officers who testified to past crimes with which Serzen was charged, including a sexual abuse conviction from 1999. In that case, he was convicted of entering a residence and fondling a 16-year-old babysitter who had been asleep on a couch.
He also had several arrests in peeping tom incidents and one arrest on charges of exposing himself in the parking lot of Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.
A psychologist who examined Serzen following the babysitter incident said she believed Serzen presented a danger to the public.
“Based on the information I heard today, I probably would diagnose as a sociopath without a conscience,” Patricia Potter testified.
The judge, who could sentence Serzen to 60 years in prison, set closing arguments in the sentencing hearing for 10 a.m. Tuesday.