Man resentenced to prison after initial penalty of probation

URBANA — A Minnesota man who violated his probation for stealing metal street grates was resentenced Monday to five years in prison.

A sex assault charge against him was also dismissed.

Charles Brame, 48, of Fergus Falls, Minn., formerly of Urbana, received a sentence of 30 months of probation in November 2011 after he pleaded guilty to theft over $500 for stealing street grates off the property of the Cunningham Children's Home in Urbana in late August 2011.

About a year ago a petition to revoke his probation was filed for his failure to report to a probation officer. Brame admitted in March that he was guilty of not reporting.

In the meantime, Brame was charged with criminal sexual assault for allegedly forcing a Tolono woman to have sex with him against her will on Feb. 20, 2011. The incident allegedly happened at the Champaign apartment of her ex-boyfriend. The woman said she met her ex-boyfriend and Brame at a bar that day and returned to the ex-boyfriend's apartment with them.

She reported the alleged sexual assault to police about two months later when she saw Brame working security at a Champaign bar. They began investigating and obtained a warrant for his arrest in December 2011.

Brame was arraigned on that charge in March of this year.

Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said she dismissed the sex assault charge this week because she's been unable to locate the victim.

Court records show Brame had prior convictions for theft, motor vehicle theft, identity theft, forgery and driving under suspension.

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