Not guilty plea, trial date set in Aurora motel rape
By Dan Campana For The Beacon-News January 10, 2013 4:32PM
Derrick Chaney, accused of raping a woman in an Aurora hotel. | Courtesy photo~Aurora Police Department
Updated: February 12, 2013 2:44PM
ST. CHARLES — An April trial date has been scheduled in the case of an Aurora man accused of raping a woman he apparently met through an online dating service.
Derrick Chaney, 37, remains in the Kane County Jail on $500,000 bail, charged with three counts of sex assault and single counts of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated unlawful restraint. Chaney, who was arrested in September, pleaded not guilty during a hearing this week.
Authorities previously said Chaney and the woman, who is from Iowa, interacted online and talked by phone for several weeks before meeting in person on Jan. 14, 2012, at the motel in the 2300 block of North Farnsworth Avenue in Aurora.
While there, Chaney threatened and held the woman against her will and then raped her, police said. An examination of the woman found DNA evidence that preliminarily matched Chaney, although more testing is required to make a conclusive match, according to court records. Prosecutors have requested either blood or saliva samples from Chaney.
Chaney returns to court later this month for a status hearing, with an April 18 jury trial also set.