Man charged with criminal sexual assault

Man charged with criminal sexual assault

URBANA — A former Cunningham Children's Home employee is accused of sexually assaulting a then-14-year-old resident there.

Jason A. Williams, 31, , was arraigned Thursday afternoon on four counts of criminal sexual assault.

Williams was a residential shift leader at the children's home. Cunningham Children's Home personnel discovered that the victim, a resident there, was in contact with Williams via phone and text message even after being moved to a foster placement, said a news release from Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz.

Members of the Urbana Police Department and investigators from the Department of Children and Family Services interviewed the victim.

She told them that Williams started having sexual intercourse with her when she was 14. She would run away from the facility, she told investigators, and Williams would pick her up and take her to motels in the area, according to Rietz.

He was arrested Wednesday at his Champaign home, said Urbana Police Sgt. Dan Morgan.

Investigators obtained and examined cellphones and computer equipment from both Williams' residence and the victim.

"A preliminary examination of the phones showed phone and text contact between the victim and Williams," Rietz said in the release.

Judge Tom Difanis set Williams' bond at $250,000, and ordered him not to have contact with the victim or Cunningham Children's Home.

Williams' next court date is set for Aug. 27.

Urbana police had been investigating Williams for a few weeks at the time of his arrest, Morgan said.

Morgan said he's not sure how long Williams worked at Cunningham Children's Home, but said he's no longer employed there.

Morgan said police believe the sexual contact lasted several months. The victim was 15 when it came to light, he said.

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