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February 28, 2014

Man guilty of sex abuse

MT. VERNON — A Mt. Vernon man has been found guilty of a sex crime by a Jefferson County jury.

Sean Q. Williams, 46, was found guilty Wednesday of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony.

Circuit Judge Eric Dirnbeck presided over the two-day trial.

The defendant was convicted based upon a sexual act that occurred with a 13-year-old female on Nov. 9, 2013, in Mt. Vernon.

“I am very pleased with the verdict returned in this case and the courage shown by the victim in promptly disclosing this abuse,” stated State’s Attorney Doug Hoffman. “I applaud the hard work of our office and the Mt. Vernon Police Department in bringing this man to justice for this serious offense.”

Williams, who was represented by Public Defender Sean Featherstun, faces a possible sentence of between 3 and 7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

A status hearing is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. April 9. The court ordered the preparation of a pre-sentence investigation report and a sex offender evaluation, as required by law.

Following the jury verdict, Williams’ bond was revoked. He will remain in jail pending sentencing.

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