Ex-tanning salon owner sentenced to 13 years for raping employee

CHICAGO — A  former West Loop tanning salon owner has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for raping a former employee in 2009.

Cook County Circuit Judge Carol Howard sentenced Marc Winner on Tuesday after listening to the statements of the victim and two other women who said Winner raped them.

The 47-year-old Winner was convicted last month after the victim testified he trapped her in his tanning salon after hours in July 2009, forced her to his nearby apartment and raped her.

Prosecutors painted Winner as a serial rapist, calling two other of his accusers to testify as well as a Chicago police detective in charge of investigating the cases.

Winner was charged in four sexual assault cases. Prosecutors dropped two cases to use those allegations against him at the sentencing hearing. Each of the four alleged victims was either a customer or employee at Winner’s now defunct tanning salon, which was closed by the city.

Prosecutors believe Winner has raped at least five additional women. Those cases fall outside Illinois’ statute of limitations for filing charges.

Winner declined to speak on his own behalf.