Marc Winner, dubbed the “tanning salon rapist,” was the subject of an extensive I-Team investigation. He is serving a 13-year sentence for raping a former employee and sexually abusing a customer, and he is suspected of raping countless other women over the course of 17 years.
Winner has been transferred to a minimum security facility in Taylorville by state prison officials.
When the I-Team first exposed Marc Winner as a serial rapist in 2016, he was dubbed a threat to women’s safety.
Even as he fought the charges, Winner’s temper was on display. While entering Cook County court, he once targeted the I-Team.
When Winner was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2018, he was imprisoned at the medium security Pinckneyville Correctional Center in downstate Indiana.
State prison officials have informed the I-Team Winner that he has been transferred to a minimum security facility in Taylorville, southeast of Springfield.
“Winner was reviewed and met criteria for minimum security placement,” according to officials with the Illinois Department of Corrections. He met the criteria for programming placement at Taylorville because of his current offense.”
Winner’s projected parole date is in about five years, with the Taylorville prison’s goal being to “promote the successful execution of effective reentry programs…and for convicts to “improve their chances of success upon release.”
Winner was initially convicted of sexually assaulting a former tanning salon employee; however, when faced with the possibility of an additional 97-year sentence, he pleaded guilty to raping a tanning salon customer. Even though he has a parole date in 2028, if he is found to be a sexually violent person, he could be imprisoned indefinitely.