David “D.J.” Dunn, a former captain for the Savoy Fire Department, apologized to the 22-year-old male victim during his sentencing hearing in Urbana on Tuesday, saying he would “give anything” to take back the events that took place during a going-away party at his home on Apri1 1, 2017 that stretched to the next day, the News-Gazette reported.
Dunn faced a prison term of between 15 and 67 years after a jury found him guilty May 18, of aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Dunn, 44, was preparing to leave the state to take a job as a fire chief in Alaska prior to the assault, in which prosecutors said he incapacitated the already intoxicated probationary employee with a dose of ketamine, an anesthetic that has been known to be used illegally as a date-rape drug for its ability to incapacitate and sedate victims and blur their memories.
The former Savoy fire captain and paramedic after he administered the incapacitating drug to the probationary firefighter, then committed sex acts on the 22-year-old man, who was unable to consent or fight back.
Depraved fire captain ‘D.J.’ Dunn [photo],videotaped himself raping a probationary firefighter he had ruffied
Assistant State’s Attorney Troy Lozar said Dunn administered the dose in one of two empty IV bags containing saline solution given to the probationary employee under the guise of preventing a hangover. Dunn also slipped an erectile dysfunction pill into the victim’s drink earlier that evening, Lozar said.
“This was a plunge into one of the darkest crimes a person could commit on another human being,” Lozar said, adding that Dunn even videotaped the sexual assault.
After an initial denial, Dunn eventually admitted that he had given the victim Cialis and performed sex acts on him.
A judge echoed Lozar’s take, calling the attack “reprehensible and horrible” before sentencing Dunn to 36 years in prison: two 15-year terms and a six-year stretch to be served consecutively.
The victim recalled during his victim impact statement how satisfying he surmised it would’ve been to kill Dunn after being raped by him, but “death is too easy a punishment,” he said.
Instead, the victim said he wouldn’t let shame stop him from seeking justice and sending Dunn to prison for several decades.
“If I wasn’t your first victim, I will be your last,” he told Dunn.
Dunn’s sisters, meanwhile, testified on his behalf, saying the former Boy Scout and altar boy was not known to be a heavy partier. One of the women said she believed Dunn was asexual and was prescribed testosterone two years ago to boost his low levels, leading to physical changes.
“I know that he would never intentionally hurt anyone,” Mindy McNeal testified.
Dunn’s attorney, Tom Bruno, said he intends to file a motion asking for the lengthy sentence to be reconsidered.