Man accused of molesting preteen girl while staying at her house

Man accused of molesting preteen girl while staying at her house

URBANA — A homeless man accused of inappropriately touching an Urbana girl in her own home is due back in court Nov. 27.

Taylor Lee Richardson, 21, was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse alleging that on Saturday, he touched a girl under the age of 13 for his own sexual gratification.

He appeared via video monitor wearing an anti-suicide gown.

Urbana police Sgt. Matt Bain said Richardson was an invited guest of the child's parents in the east Urbana home where the molestation allegedly happened.

The girl told her mother Sunday morning that Richardson had allegedly kissed her and touched her over her clothing while she was in her bed but that it occurred while he was exposing himself. The mother confronted Richardson with the allegation and he left. She then called Urbana police.

Bain said the family, who had allowed Richardson to stay with them on other occasions, had video surveillance that showed Richardson entering the girl's room about 3:30 a.m. and coming out at 4:42 a.m.

Bain said police found Richardson on Monday night and arrested him.

The child was interviewed by a forensic expert at the Children's Advocacy Center on Tuesday.

Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is a Class 2 felony with penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison upon conviction.

Judge John Kennedy set Richardson's bond at $150,000 and told him to be back in court Nov. 27 for a probable-cause hearing.

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