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Table of Contents:
- July 18, 1979 - 1st known sexual assault
- Hypnosis helps cops nab rape suspect: Hypnosis helps cops catch rape suspect
- 5 new charges for rape suspect (01/09/1980)
- Rape suspect free on bond indicted in new attack (05/07/1980)
- New 'plumber rapist' indictment (05/10/1980)
- Mother gives rape suspect alibi (09/19/1980)
- N. Side 'plumber- rapist' found guilty (09/23/1980)
- 'Plumber rapist' convicted for another assault here (10/05/1980)
- 'Plumber rapist' sentenced (10/05/1980)
- Court rules rapist term 'excessive' (06/30/1982)
- A tough grind, that prison life (08/13/1986)
- More Whimpering From Behind Bars (08/27/1986)
- Rapist challenges law's wording legislation confines violent felons longer (02/05/2000)
- Rapist's sentence reviewed (03/09/2000)
- New 'plumber rapist' indictment (05/10/2000)
- Court Rules State Must Let Rapist Go, Cites Loophole (03/14/2001)
- Area sex offender's freedom weighed (01/25/2006)
- Serial rapist's suit going to trial: Lieberman alleges sexual harassment by prison worker (01/17/2013)
- Sex Offender Registry (01/18/2013)
New 'plumber rapist' indictment
By Jane Fitsch
Chicago Tribune - May 10, 1980
Twenty-year-old Brad Lieberman, the accused "plumber rapist," was indicted by a Cook County grand jury Friday on still another rape charge bringing the total number of charges to 12 rapes and two attempted rapes.
The latest indictment charged that Leiberman, while out on $20,000 cash bond in Cook County after being indicted for 10 rapes and two attempted rapes, sexually attacked an 18-year-old Arlington Heights woman on April 21.
On Tuesday, Lieberman was indicted by a Lake County grand jury on charges of rape, home invasion, aggravated kidnapping, and unlawful restraint. Those charges stemmed from an attack on a 19-year-old foreign exhchange student in Highland Park on Monday––also while he was out on bond.
Assistant State's Atty. Michael Angarola said Lieberman is being held in Lake County. On Monday, Lieberman is scheduled to appear before Criminal Court Judge Frank Barbaro in Cook County on a motion by the state's attorney's office to have the bond revoked.
Lieberman of 9008 Lamon Av., Skokie, was dubbed the "plumber rapist' because many of his alleged victims charged that he gained entrance to their homes by claiming to be a plumber assigned to check the plumbing.
Mother gives rape suspect alibi
By Bonita Brodt
Chicago Tribune - September 19, 1980
The mother of Brad Lieberman, the accused "plumber rapist," testified in her son's defense Thursday. She claimed Liberman was with her during the time prosecutors charged he posed as a plumber and raped a 22-year-old woman who had let him into her North Side apartment to check for plumbing leadks.
However, Mrs. Harriet Lieberman, who first told jurors that her son drove a red-and-white Pontiac to her home on the morning of Dec. 17, 1979, appeared to contradict herself under cross-examination. She said she "didn't know" if her son had driven the car to her Des Plaines home that day or not.
That car, with license plates 67714, led police officers to Lieberman, a 20-year-old former security guard and bar bouncer who is under indictment for 11 rapes and two attempted rapes in Cook County and one rape in Lake County.
The North Side woman, a university teaching assistant, has identified Lieberman in a lineup and pointed him out in court as the man who raped her Dec. 17.
Although he is accused of may rapes, Lieberman is on trial now for just one of them. But because prosecutors Michael Angarola and William Haddad are attempting to establish "striking similarity" among all the rapes of which Lieberman has been accused. Criminal Court Judge Frank W. Barbaro has allowed them to introduce the testimony of two other rape victims. Both has identified Lieberman as the man who posed as a plumber checking for leaks and who raped them once he was inside their apartments.
N. Side 'plumber- rapist' found guilty
By Bonita Brodt
Chicago Tribune - September 23, 1980
Brad Lieberman, the man prosecuted charge has raped at least 11 women by posing as a plumber, was found guilty Monday of raping a 22-year-old North Side woman who said she let him into her apartment to check for plumbing leaks.
A criminal court jury of four women and eight men deliberated an hour and 40 mintues before returning a guilty verdict against Lieberman, a former security guard who took courses in criminal law.
Tears streamed down the 20-year-old Lieberman's cheeks as the verdict was announced. The tall, muscular Lieberman, who contended he was "the wrong man" glanced at the celling in shook his head in apparent amazement as one of his alleged victims broke out in a short burst of applause.
Lieberman, who was described by prosecutors Michael Angarola and William Haddas as a "cunning and deceitful man' who "lulled (his victims) into trusting him" is under indictment for 10 rapes and two attempted rapes in Cook County and one in Lake County.
State's Atty. Bernard Carey, who came to Judge Frank W. Barbaro's courtroom for the verdict, said the maximum penalty for rape plus an extended term will be sought on this conviction, which means Lieberman could be sentenced to prison for 60 years.
Carey also said Lieberman would be tried separetely on every other rape charge against him.
"He is one of the moste dangerous rapists we have had in Cook County in recent years because of this ability to gain the confidence of his victims." Carey said. "We want him locked up for as long as possible."
Because prosecutors were attempting to establish a "striking similarity" in al the rapes of which Lieberman has been accused, Judge Barbara allowed them to introduce testimony of two other rape victims who identified Lieberman in police lineups and in court as the man who posed as a plumber and raped them.
Lieberman denied all three rapes.
'Plumber rapist' convicted for another assault here
Chicago Tribune - October 5, 1980
Brad Lieberman, the so-called "plumber rapist" convicted last month of raping a North Side woman, has been convicted for the rape of a visiting foreign student in Highland Park.
A Lake County jury deliberated for about five hours Friday before convicting Lieberman, 20, on charges of rape, robbery, and intimidation stemming from the May 5, assault.
Lieberman was found guilty Sept. 22 of raping a 22-year-old North Side woman who said she let him into her apartment to check for plumbing leaks.
Lieberman, of Skokie, is also under indictment for nine additional rapes and two attempted rapes in Cook Couty.
Authorities gave Lieberman his nickname because of the method used in most of the rapes with which he is charged. In most cases, the rapist gained entrance to the women's apartments by posing as a plumber checking for leaks.
Lieberman faces sentencing Nov. 14 before Lake County Circuit Judge William Block in the Highland Park rape, according to Lake County assistant State's Atty. Lawrence Helms.
'Plumber rapist' sentenced
By Bonita Brodt
Chicago Tribune - October 15, 1980
Brad Lieberman, the convicted "plumber rapist," tearfully proclaimed his innocence Tuesday as he was sentenced to 50 years in prison for posing as a plumber was raping a 22-year-old North Side woman .
"True enough, things look bad." Lieberman said. "It looks like I did it. It makes me look like a rapist."
"But I'm not," The 20-year-old former security guard and criminal justice student insisted, wiping tears from his cheek. "I jut can't stand being in prison. I didn't do it."
Lieberman, who was described by prosecutors Michael Angarola and William Haddad as a "decietful and cunning" man, is accused of raping 11 women in Cook and Lake counties.
He has been convicted of two rapes, Sept. 22 for the December, 1979, rape of the North Side woman, and Oct. 3, when he was convicted by jurors in ake Couty for a rape there.
At Lieberman's sentencing hearing Tuesday, Criminal Court Judge Frank W. Barbaro hard six women testify that Lieberman had raped them.
Mrs. Harriet Lieberman, who tetified as an alibi witness for her son in his Cook Couty rape trial, wrote in a small notebook as each of the women recounted details of her rape, identified Lieberman as the assailant, and told of nightmares and other emotional problems suffered since the rape.
There was loud applause from the women and their friends, who filled two rows in the courtroom, as Barbaro, noting Lieberman's Lake County conviction and the "great emotional trauma' the women had suffered, sentenced Liberman to prison.
"throw them out," Lieberman's fathr, Sy, yelled when the applause broke out.
Barbbaro said that while there was o reat physical trauma infliected upon Lieberma's vitims, "There was and remains a great emotional trauma" suffered by the women, whih might take yars to heal.
Throughout his trial, Lieberman contended that the court had "the wrong man" an that he was innocent.
"I feel very sorry for these women, because I know they have been terrorized," Lieberman tearfully told Barbaro, "but I cant' just picture some guy laughing because I am going to prison for what he did."
Lieberman's attorney, William Winn, filed notice to appeal the sentence but withdrew as his counsel. Barbaro then instructed Lieberman to file an affidavit about his financial status so he could be considered for reprentation by a public defender.
Court rules rapist term 'excessive'
Chicago Tribune - June 30, 1982
A tough grind, that prison life
Chicago Tribune - August 13, 1986
By Mike Royko
Chicago Tribune - August 27, 1986
"Plumber Rapist" Brad Lieberman likely will remain behind bars for at least another year or two because the Illinois Appellate Court indicated this week that it would consider his case.
By Jane Fritsch
Chicago Tribune - May 10, 1980
Twenty-year-old Brad Lieberman, the accused "plumber rapist," was indicted by a Cook County grad jury Friday on till another rape charge, bringing the total number of charges to 12 rapes and two attempted rapes.
The last indictment charged taht Lieberman, while out on $20,000 cash bond in Cook County after being indicted for 10 rapes and two attempted rapes, sexually attacked an 18-year-old Arlington Heights woman on April 21.
On Tuesday, Lieberman was indicted by a Lake County grand jury on charges of rape, home invasion, aggravated kidnapping, ad unlawful restraint. Those charges stemmed from an attack on a 19-year-old foreign exchange student from Highland Park on Monday –– also while he was out on bond.
Assistant States's Atty. Michael Angarola said Lieberman is being held in Lake County. On Monday, LIeberman is scheduled to appear before Criminal Court Judge Frank Barbaro in Cook County on the motion by the state's attorney's office to have his bond revoked.
Lieberman of 9008 Lamon Av., Skokie, was dubbed the "Plumber rapist" because many of his alleged victims charged that he gaine entrance to their homes by claiming to be a plumber assigned to check the plumbing.
Court Rules State Must Let Rapist Go, Cites Loophole
Serial rapist's suit going to trial: Lieberman alleges sexual harassment by prison worker
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