URBANA — An Urbana teen has been charged as an adult for allegedly sexually molesting a young girl in his care.
Tyler J. Johnson, 16, who listed a rural Urbana address, was arraigned Thursday on two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault alleging sex acts that happened with a child under the age of 9 in February.
Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said the matter came to the attention of the Champaign County sheriff's office last month after the child reported being molested to her mother, who then contacted police.
The child was examined at Carle Foundation Hospital and interviewed by experts at the Child Advocacy Center in Urbana.
Sheriff's investigator Andrew Good said police believe the incident was an isolated one that was reported immediately. Good said he was unable to interview Johnson.
Aggravated criminal sexual assault is one of the Class X felonies that mandates an automatic transfer to adult court for juveniles. If convicted, Johnson faces a mandatory prison term of between six and 30 years.
A warrant had been issued for his arrest Tuesday and he turned himself in on Wednesday. His father posted $10,000 cash to win his release Wednesday.
Johnson is due to be back in court April 10.