Champaign man charged in alleged molestation

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man has been charged with multiple sex-related counts for allegedly molesting a teen-age girl over the last six months.

Champaign police Sgt. Dave Griffet said the girl reported to police on Jan. 17 that she had been sexually assaulted by Bobby Lee Dorsey, 52, of the 200 block of West Beardsley Avenue. The girl knew Dorsey.

Police began investigating and did a forensic interview with the teen at the Children's Advocacy Center in Champaign on Jan. 22. She alleged that Dorsey molested her about seven times July 2013 and Jan. 14, 2014, Assistant State's Attorney Tim Sullivan told Judge Chase Leonhard.

Sullivan said the encounters between Dorsey and the girl happened at two different homes at times when he and the girl were alone in the same room.

"Each time he threatened that if she told, he'd beat her," Sullivan said.

Griffet said Dorsey willingly came to the police department Tuesday and was arrested after an interview.

He was charged with three counts of criminal sexual assault and one of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Sullivan said Dorsey had prior convictions for theft, aggravated battery, domestic battery, and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance,

Leonhard set Dorsey's bond at $500,000 and ordered him to be back in court March 11.

The judge advised Dorsey that he faces six to 30 years in prison on each of the counts.

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