Man charged with sex crimes

Man charged with sex crimes

RANTOUL — A Monticello man has been charged with sexually molesting a child and making her watch as he engaged in sex with an adult woman afterward.

Justin G. Allen, 33, was arrested in Monticello Thursday by Rantoul police who had been investigating the allegations involving the young girl for several months.

He was charged Friday in Champaign County Circuit Court with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and sexual exploitation of a child for acts that occurred on the same day some time during 2012 when the child was 5 or 6.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said his department was contacted by the Piatt County sheriff's office about an allegation that a young girl had made regarding Allen. The child, now 7, told authorities several months ago about a sexual incident that happened when Allen was living with her mother.

Bouse said the child gave a "pretty detailed" disclosure to Piatt County sheriff's investigators in April that led them to believe the incident happened in Rantoul. Bouse said since then, investigators have been working to confirm that Allen lived in Rantoul during the time the alleged incident happened. They also needed to find where he was living now.

Assistant State's Attorney Matt Banach gave a synopsis of the facts for Judge John Kennedy Friday so that Kennedy could set Allen's bond.

Banach said the child reported that her mother took her to the bedroom the mother shared with Allen, locked the door, and blindfolded the girl. Allen then allegedly engaged in a sex act with the girl, cleaned her up, and forced the child to watch as he had sex with her mother.

The child was then told to sleep on the bedroom floor, he said.

Bouse said earlier this year, the child disclosed what had happened and the Department of Children and Family Services and police began an investigation.

Kennedy set Allen's bond at $250,000 and ordered him to have no contact with the alleged victim or the girl's mother.

Bouse said the mother had not had contact with Allen for a couple of years.

His court-appointed attorney said Allen now lives with his mother and fiance.

If convicted of the more serious assault charge, Allen faces six to 60 years in prison.

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