Champaign man indicted in Iroquois County

WATSEKA — An Iroquois County grand jury has indicted a Champaign man on felony charges in connection with the sexual assault of an employee at an adult bookstore in Buckley.

A news release Monday from State's Attorney Jim Devine's office said a grand jury last week indicted Paul T. Zindars, 34, for unlawful restraint, criminal sexual abuse and battery.

Zindars, who listed an address in the 1500 block of North McKinley Avenue in Champaign, was arrested July 31 by Paxton police following a chase on Interstate 57, according to Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane.

Minutes earlier, Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagan said, Zindars entered the Lion's Den in Buckley, where he allegedly detained a female employee in an office and fondled her.

Zindars is scheduled to be arraigned in the Iroquois County on Sept. 27.

In Ford County, Zindars was charged with attempting to flee or elude a police officer, a misdemeanor. He is due in court Sept. 19.

Bane said Zindars told him that he works as the project manager for Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County. 

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