Man charged with sexual assault of 14-year-old girl

URBANA — A Champaign man was being held at the Champaign County Jail on $250,000 bond following his arrest in connection with the sexual assault of a 14-year-old Urbana girl.

Aramis Booker, 23, who listed an address in the 2600 block of West Springfield Avenue, Champaign, pleaded innocent on Monday to two counts of criminal sexual assault and four counts of criminal sexual abuse.

According to an Urbana police report, Booker had known the girl for many years and visited her home on Burkwood Drive in Urbana on Nov. 5.

Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said Booker brought some cannabis with him to the girl's home, and Booer and the girl smoked it together.

After a while, Booker made sexual advances, pulled her shorts down and sexually assaulted her even though the girl repeatedly said, "No," according to the report.

Police said that Booker left the home after the girl looked at her phone and told him that her mother was coming home.

After Booker left, the girl called an adult to report what happened. The girl was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital, where evidence was collected, according to police.

Police had been looking for Booker since November and arrested him over the weekend. He is believed to have been out of state.

Judge Richard Klaus set Booker's next court appearance for March 5.

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