By CYNTHIA M. ELLIS and SANFORD J. SCHMIDT The Telegraph
January 3, 2014
SOUTH ROXANA — A 62-year-old South Roxana man is facing multiple charges for predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse for allegedly molesting a young relative.
James E. Donnelly, of the 500 block of Missouri Avenue, was charged Thursday in Madison County Circuit Court with two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Donnelly is facing two class X charges for alleged sex acts with a female child under the age of 13.
The charges state Donnelly allegedly did the act “for the purpose of sexual arousal and gratification.”
The abuse charges allege acts of fondling with the child. The acts allegedly occurred at the suspect’s home between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 30.
Lt. Bob Coles with the South Roxana Police Department said the child reported the incident to her mother, who reported it to law enforcement. He said the child was interviewed at the Madison County Child Advocacy Center.
A prosecutor said the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services conducted an investigation. She said the interview at the CAC produced evidence that may be used in court.
She also said the suspect made a statement that may be used.
“We spent two days investigating this incident and when we brought him in for questioning, he admitted to it,” Coles said. “He showed no remorse at all.”
Donnelly’s bond was set at $500,000. A motion for additional conditions of bail bond also was filed by Madison County State’s Attorney Thomas D. Gibbons. The motion claims Donnelly has “previously threatened or perpetrated physical abuse toward the victim; continues to threaten the victim and may harm, harass or interfere with her ‘personal liberty.’”
The court issued an order of protection against Donnelly stating he shall have no contact with the victim and remain at least 1,500 feet from the child. Donnelly was arrested and is being held at the Madison County Jail, but he was placed on suicide watch and transported to Gateway Medical Center in Granite City.
Coles said the child does not live with Donnelly. He said he is concerned that there may have been other incidents.
“You just don’t start perpetrating this type of behavior in your 60s,” he said.