Child-abduction charge dismissed

URBANA — A Champaign County prosecutor has dismissed a charge of child abduction against a man accused of yelling at middle-school-aged children in Urbana last fall.

Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark said she dismissed the charge against Nathan J. Ross, 31, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Cole Place, Urbana, because it could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and she did not believe Ross was doing anything sinister.

"After reviewing the reports, his background, and speaking with the officers, the kids, and his attorney, I determined that it was never his intent to kidnap these kids," Clark said of the Nov. 6 incident near Philo Road and Colorado Avenue.

"It was broad daylight and there were three kids together in a public place. He did offer them a ride. The kids naturally immediately reacted in a negative way. They had heard of the recent attempts by an individual or individuals trying to lure children into vehicles," she said, adding that Ross did "not even remotely" match the description of any of those suspects and was not involved in those attempts.

"He immediately stopped for officers and gave a full taped statement. The officers found nothing in his background, his house, or his computer to suggest he would ever offend against children," Clark said.

In other recent Champaign County court cases resolved with guilty pleas or sentences imposed by judges:

— Aaron Williams, 21, whose last known address was in the 800 block of North Mathews Avenue, Urbana, was resentenced to five years in prison for failure to register as a sex offender.

Williams admitted that he violated the probation he received in June 2011 for failing to notify authorities of a new address in April 2011. Williams was convicted as a juvenile of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to court records.

He admitted that he violated his probation by failing to get substance abuse treatment, using cannabis and having contact with a minor.

— Michael Rodgers, 22, of the 100 block of Bellefontaine Street, Champaign, was sentenced to six years in prison for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He pleaded guilty Wednesday to having between 5 and 15 grams of cocaine intended for sale in Champaign on Nov. 12.

A Champaign police report said Rodgers was a passenger in a vehicle stopped near Bellefontaine and Hickory streets for alleged traffic violations. A drug-sniffing dog alerted police that there were drugs inside.

Rodgers was also fined $3,140. A more serious felony drug charge was dismissed in return for his plea.

— Steven Killam, 35, who listed his address as the Carpet Master Carpet One store, 1040 W. Bloomington Road, C, was sentenced to two years in prison for obstructing justice.

Killam pleaded guilty to that Tuesday, admitting that he got rid of hypodermic needles that he said Hannah Prospal, 23, of LeRoy used to inject drugs on Feb. 29.

Miss Prospal, 23, was apparently partying with Killam inside the trailer he lived in on the store's lot and died on Feb. 29 of an overdose of cocaine and opiates.

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