Chicago Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Another Man In Gym Shower

A Chicago man was ordered held for allegedly sexually accosting a man inside the shower of a South Loop gym.

Christopher Crowell, 29, was charged with criminal sexual abuse and ordered held on $100,000 pending his release on home electronic monitoring.

Authorities said the 33-year-old victim was taking a shower at the XSport Fitness in the 800 block of South State Street on Dec. 7, when he felt himself being molested, prosecutors said Saturday in a hushed courtroom at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.

He quickly turned to find Crowell naked behind him, according to prosecutors.

The victim yelled and refused Crowell's contact, authorities said. An arrest report also indicated that Crowell began “aggressively'' molesting him.

The victim reported the incident to the gym's management, who stopped the defendant before he was able to leave, took his gym membership card and told him they were contacting the police, prosecutors said. But Crowell left before police arrived.

Authorities said the victim later picked Crowell out of a photo array, but court records indicate the defendant has no prior criminal record.

A joint Chicago police/U.S. Marshal fugitive task force arrested Crowell Friday.