Man, jailed in bank robberies, also charged with criminal sexual assault

URBANA — A Champaign man already in jail charged with two bank robberies has also been charged with rape.

Ronald Wilkerson, 43, who listed an address in the 1500 block of Honeysuckle Lane, was arraigned Friday on a single count of criminal sexual assault alleging that in May he forced a woman he knew to have sex with him.

Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber told Judge Richard Klaus that Wilkerson, whose last known address was in the 1500 block of Honeysuckle Lane, forced himself on a woman with whom he had a previous dating relationship at her home on May 18.

Weber said Wilkerson was with two other men on that day and was bragging that he had "control over his women."

He called the woman and said he was coming over but she told him not to. He showed up at her home, forced her into a bedroom, had sex with her, and had one of his two companions do the same, Weber said.

Weber said Wilkerson admitted having sex with the woman but claimed it was a consensual act.

Court records indicate that Wilkerson has a wife and five children whom he supports.

In court Friday, Public Defender Randy Rosenbaum asked Klaus not to impose any bond in addition to the $500,000 already set in the robbery case, since Wilkerson has been unable to post the $50,000 cash he needs to be released.

Klaus set bond in the sex assault case at $250,000 and continued Wilkerson's case to Nov. 9 so he can hire his own attorney.

Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar, who is prosecuting Wilkerson on the bank robberies, said he just received the reports about the sex assault this week from the Champaign Police Department.

If convicted of the sex assault, Wilkerson faces four to 30 years in prison, an extended term because of prior convictions for attempted murder and armed robbery.

Wilkerson has been in the county jail since late May when he was arrested and charged with the May 21 armed robbery of the Marine Bank, 1001 S. Neil St., C. After his arrest, the state's attorney's office added a second count of armed robbery against him, alleging that he also took part in the May 8 holdup of the Central Illinois Credit Union, 2106 W. John St., C.

Two co-defendants of Wilkerson who had previously been charged in state court had their cases transferred to federal court earlier this month.

Prentice Taylor, 57, and William Jackson, 34, both of whom listed Urbana addresses, are also charged with the Central Illinois Credit Union holdup of May 8.

Taylor is charged with robbing McDonald's at 501 N. Mattis Ave., C, on March 24 with a gun; Jackson and Taylor are both charged with robbing the Mobil Super Pantry, 1511 N. Prospect Ave., C, on April 16; and Jackson is also charged with the May 21 holdup of the Marine Bank.

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