A series of incidents in 2011 has left one man facing serious charges, according to local authorities. The Illinois resident has been hit with a sexual assault charge — three felony counts. He is currently being held on $200,000 bond.
The details of the assaults which allegedly occurred in December of 2011 are not complete. However, it is alleged that the 18-year-old failed to report an address change, as is required of all sex offenders in Illinois. The man was arrested on July 8 and is still in police custody as of this writing.
The man was scheduled to appear in an Illinois court on July 9 to face the three outstanding felony sexual assault charges. If convicted, the man could face jail time and hefty fines. There has been no word as yet whether or not the man has entered any sort of plea in connection with this case.
A sexual assault charge is a serious matter in any state. However, such charges are not always easy to prove in a court of law. Illinois prosecutors will have to rely on two-year-old evidence in this case to prove the accused man is actually guilty of the crimes he is said to have committed; and given the amount of time that has passed, such evidence may be hard to come by. Additionally, there are a variety of ways in which evidence in a sexual assault case can be invalidated in a court setting. The defense in this case may benefit from reviewing all evidence put forward by the prosecution, as is the right of any accused individual.
Source: wqad.com, “Dixon man faces sexual assault charges from 2011,” Shellie Nelson, July 9, 2013