Man faces aggravated criminal sexual assault, other charges
URBANA — A Rantoul man who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman he'd been dating remained in the Champaign County Jail Tuesday.
James E. Kennedy, 28, of the 800 block of East Sangamon Drive, Rantoul, was arrested about 11 p.m. Saturday at an apartment complex on Sangamon Drive in Rantoul.
Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said neighbors heard yelling coming from an apartment and called police just before 11 p.m. Officers could hear a woman inside crying and screaming and her door locked.
They knocked and Kennedy answered. He was initially uncooperative, Bouse said, so police detained him.
An interview with the 33-year-old victim revealed that she and Kennedy had been out that evening and after coming back to her apartment, they argued about having sex.
"At some point he throws her to the ground and begins choking her," Bouse said. "He hit her in the face a couple of times and forcibly removes her underwear."
Bouse said Kennedy then allegedly sexually assaulted the woman.
He was charged Monday with aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated domestic battery and resisting a peace officer.
Judge John Kennedy ordered him to be back in court Sept. 9. He's being held in lieu of $225,000 bond.
If convicted of the most serious of the charges, Kennedy faces a mandatory prison term of between six and 30 years in prison.