Champaign man charged with child molestation

Champaign man charged with child molestation

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man accused of sexually molesting a boy in that city was arrested Wednesday.

Christian Ford, 26, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Parkland Court, was charged in a warrant issued Tuesday with predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse for acts he allegedly committed with a neighbor boy around the first of the year.

Champaign police Sgt. Dave Griffet said the victim, who is under 13, told his mother of the contact when it happened. She did not immediately report it to authorities as she tried to corroborate what her son had told her, Griffet said.

After she did tell the Department of Children and Family Services, Champaign police were asked to investigate.

Griffet said the alleged sex abuse is believed to have happened only one time.

Police searched Ford's residence on Wednesday while he was away. When he returned later, he was arrested.

Bond on the warrant was set earlier at $75,000. Predatory criminal sexual assault of a child is a Class X felony carrying penalties ranging from six to 30 years in prison upon conviction.

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