Mahomet man charged with molesting child

Mahomet man charged with molesting child

URBANA — A Mahomet man has been criminally charged with sexually molesting a child in his care.

Mahomet Police Chief Mike Metzler said Benjamin A. Crowley, 35, was arrested Wednesday.

Metzler said his department was notified Tuesday by the Department of Children and Family Services of an anonymous hotline tip alleging that Crowley had molested a girl under 13 for whom he acted as a caretaker.

On Wednesday, a professional trained in interviewing children about sex abuse allegations talked to the girl at the Children's Advocacy Center in Champaign.

Metzler said disclosures made in that setting, including that Crowley allegedly threatened the girl if she told anyone what was happening to her, led police to interview Crowley.

At the conclusion of the interview with him, Crowley was arrested.

On Thursday, First Assistant State's Attorney Steve Ziegler filed a single count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against Crowley alleging sexual misconduct that occurred in February.

Crowley's bond was set at $100,000. He is due back in court on April 24.

The crime is a Class 2 felony carrying penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years upon conviction.

Ziegler said Crowley has no prior convictions.

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