Urbana man arraigned on sex assault charge

Urbana man arraigned on sex assault charge

URBANA — An Urbana man's DNA was used to link him to an alleged sexual assault in that city that happened more than a year ago.

Loroy Turner, 43, whose last known local address was in the 1000 block of Eastern Avenue, was arraigned Friday on a single count of criminal sexual assault.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said that on Sept. 14, 2012, a woman was sleeping in her bedroom in her apartment in the 1000 block of Carroll Avenue when she was awakened by someone in her room. Rietz said the woman recognized the man as Turner, who was a friend of one of her roommates. He allegedly forced her to have sex despite her protests and at some point in the assault put a pillow over her head, Rietz said.

The attack ended when a roommate came in, Rietz said.

Turner was interviewed by a Champaign County sheriff's investigator not long after the incident and admitted being there but denied having any contact with the woman, Rietz said. His then-girlfriend also supported his story, she said.

In July, the sheriff's office submitted a sheet taken from the woman's bed to the state crime lab, and in mid-November, the lab reported to the sheriff's office that bodily fluids found on it matched Turner's DNA.

Because of prior criminal convictions, Turner's DNA profile is in the state's database. Rietz said he has convictions for obstructing justice, domestic battery, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, delivery of cocaine, unlawful restraint, burglary, violation of an order of protection and failure to register as a sex offender.

Since mid-November, Turner has been in the custody of the Department of Corrections on a Macon County case. Judge John Kennedy set his bond at $250,000 and ordered him returned to the Corrections Department pending his next court appearance Jan. 14.

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