Dino M. Bassett – Repeat Sex Offender – Has over 20 year history of raping teens


A convicted sex offender accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl last year is set to go to trial Monday.

Dino M. Bassett, 45, of 529 31st St., Apt. 7, Rock Island, faces five predatory criminal sexual assault counts and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Rock Island County Circuit Court. The counts are all felonies.

Bassett, who already has prior convictions for sexually assaulting teenage girls in 1985 and 1990, is accused of assaulting the victim between Dec. 26, 2007 and March 20.

According to court records, Bassett was convicted of two counts of felony sexual abuse in 1985 for raping a 16-year-old girl twice in three days, including one incident at Longview Park.

Bassett, who is listed on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 1990 for sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl.

In 2007, the victim in that crime filed an order of protection in Rock Island County Circuit Court while Bassett was still in prison saying he had threatened to kill her and she feared for her life.

Another order of protection was filed against Bassett in 2008, but its contents remain sealed.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

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