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LEROY — A LeRoy man will be sentenced next month for attempted criminal sexual assault, residential burglary, and intimidation for a January incident at an apartment complex in LeRoy.

Thomas Drake Price, 23, was convicted by McLean County Judge Scott Drazewski in a one-day bench trial on Wednesday. He was found not guilty on an additional charge of home invasion.

On Jan. 10, LeRoy police arrested Price after receiving a call from a woman who had used a kitchen knife to ward off the attack.

LeRoy officers Brian Taylor, Sergeant Nathan Wilkins, and Police Chief Jason Williamson testified that Price knocked on the woman’s door around 7:30 a.m. and when she opened it, he pushed his way in, grabbed her wrist and demanded a sex act.

During a struggle, Price reportedly attempted to kiss the victim, and at one point, bit her ear, said police.

Police said the woman grabbed a knife and ordered Price to leave, but he refused.

After she was able to break free and call for help, officers followed a blood trail to Price’s apartment and forced entry when he did not answer the door. Williamson said Price was found unresponsive inside the apartment and was arrested.

He and the victim lived in the same apartment complex and were acquainted but did not have a romantic relationship, prosecutors said.

He remained in jail in lieu of posting $50,035 on the charges.

The woman was not seriously injured, but did have scratches and marks on her ear, face, neck and shoulders, police said.

Price reportedly told the officers he had been on the phone all night and drinking beer.

He will be sentenced Nov. 21.

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Agriculture Reporter

Agriculture reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.