Pesotum man being held on stalking, sex-abuse charges

Pesotum man being held on stalking, sex-abuse charges

URBANA — A Pesotum man is in the county jail on charges alleging he sexually molested a child 30 years ago and has stalked another Pesotum resident for about the last year.

Glenn C. Jones, 60, was arrested Tuesday afternoon at his home on two warrants that had been issued earlier in the day by Champaign County Judge Roger Webber.

Judge John Kennedy attempted to arraign Jones on the charges Wednesday but could not complete the process because Jones repeatedly interrupted him, asserting several things, including that his arrest was in retaliation for a “$500 billion lawsuit” he has against the sheriff’s office and that he “ratted out the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts.”

At the request of Public Defender Janie Miller, Kennedy ordered that Jones be examined by Champaign psychiatrist Lawrence Jeckel to see if he’s fit to stand trial. Kennedy continued Jones’ case to Oct. 18, after Jeckel sees Jones.

State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said the criminal cases, although separate, were coincidentally investigated this month by Champaign County sheriff’s detectives and deputies.

Rietz said on Sept. 14, an adult woman revealed to sheriff’s deputies that when she was a child, Jones allegedly molested her in his home. However, because she waited so long to report the allegations, Rietz said, Jones could not be charged with that crime.

During the course of investigating that woman’s allegations, detectives became aware of a younger male who was allegedly molested repeatedly by Jones between August 1988 and May 1989.

Detectives interviewed that man, also now an adult, and Rietz said she found there was enough information to charge Jones with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

If convicted of those counts, Jones faces penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.

Rietz said that if the charges against Jones involving the man proceed to trial, she will attempt to use the information about the uncharged conduct with the woman against Jones to show his propensity to commit sex crimes.

Sheriff’s Lt. Curt Apperson said about the same time his detectives were investigating the sex-abuse complaints, patrol deputies were investigating complaints from a man in Pesotum who said Jones continued to bother him over an ongoing dispute that began more than a year ago.

Rietz said in August 2017, the man put up a flagpole in his yard that included a light to properly illuminate the flag.

“This upset Jones, and since then, he (Jones) has either parked his vehicle in the road or in such a way that his bright lights are shining into” the man’s house as Jones sits outside watching it, Rietz said.

The stalking charges allege that Jones’ conduct, which has happened on multiple occasions through Sunday, has caused the man to fear for his safety.

Those are Class 4 felony offenses carrying a maximum penalty of probation to one to three years in prison.

Judge Webber set Jones’ bond at a total of $225,000 in the two cases. Jones would need to post $22,500 cash to be released.

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