Man charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse

Man charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse

MONTICELLO — A rural Monticello man has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse for allegedly molesting a girl at his home last month.

Piatt County State's Attorney Dana Rhoades said she filed the charge Thursday against Terry Cresap, 54, in connection with a Feb. 19 incident.

Piatt County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Mark Huckstep said a 12-year-old girl was spending the night with Cresap's child at their home on County Road 1200 E that day when he allegedly touched her inappropriately.

Huckstep said the girl called her parents from Cresap's home. They picked her up and drove to the sheriff's office in Monticello to report what had happened.

Huckstep said Cresap was arrested at his home on Feb. 24. He posted bond and has been free since then. He is due to appear in court on the newly filed charge March 29.

Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is a felony carrying penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison upon conviction.

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