Urbana man charged with sex assault

Urbana man charged with sex assault

URBANA — A 24-year-old Urbana man is due back in court Nov. 20 after being charged Friday with sexually assaulting a woman at his workplace.

Leon McGee, who listed an address in the 2500 block of Prairie Green, was arrested Thursday afternoon not long after an incident at the Independent Media Center in downtown Urbana.

Urbana police investigator Dave Smysor said McGee is a maintenance supervisor at the center and the 27-year-old woman he is accused of assaulting works there.

"He led her to the basement telling her there was cleaning work that needed to be done. He led her into the boiler room and proceeded to sexually assault her," Smysor said.

The woman reported the incident to police about 15 minutes after it allegedly happened, Smysor said. She went to Carle Foundation Hospital for treatment.

Police located McGee at the center, took him to the police department for questioning and arrested him.

In court Friday, Judge Chase Leonhard set McGee's bond at $100,000, ordered him to have no contact with the woman and admonished him that he faces a potential sentence ranging between probation and 30 years in prison if convicted of the two counts of criminal sexual assault.

He remained in the county jail on Saturday.


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wayward wrote on September 23, 2012 at 12:09 am

It looks like Leon McGee was one of the Americorps hires at UCIMC.


Or just google "leonmcgeeamericorps".

Americorps is a good program, but there needs to be screening and supervision of volunteers.

pushpin1 wrote on September 23, 2012 at 6:09 am

So sad that a young woman has become a victim of sexual assault in a building "shared" by a post office, and media center.


I often feel unsafe when I stop by in the early morning to pick up my business mail. Frequenty, someone is in the area, usually a male - just standing around. The door to the PO/box area is UNLOCKED. Each renter of a post box has a key to the door.


Hopefully, someone will take note of the situation, and do something about it.