Champaign man accused of repeatedly molesting young girl

Champaign man accused of repeatedly molesting young girl

URBANA — A Champaign man remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bond after being charged with repeatedly sexually molesting a young girl.

Toti Tatu-Commis, 38, who listed an address in the 400 block of East Bradley Avenue, was arraigned Tuesday on four counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and two less-serious counts of criminal sexual assault.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said the charges accuse Tatu-Commis of an ongoing course of sexual conduct with a girl who was under the age of 13 when the acts began.

Rietz said the girl reported the alleged abuse Friday to a school official in Champaign. That same day, she was interviewed by professionals at the Children's Advocacy Center and Champaign police investigators.

Tatu-Commis was arrested Saturday.

The alleged acts began around mid-August 2015, Rietz said, and took place in Tatu-Commis' home.

Rietz said he has no prior convictions.

Judge John Kennedy advised Tatu-Commis that if convicted of the more-serious charges, he faces a mandatory prison term of between six and 60 years. Conviction of criminal sexual assault carries a prison term of between four and 15 years.

Kennedy appointed the public defender's office to represent Tatu-Commis, who asked for a probable-cause hearing. That is set for Sept. 18.

Should Tatu-Commis be able to post $100,000 cash bond, Kennedy ordered that he wear an electronic monitor pending trial.

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