Court Appearance for Man Accused of Child Sex Assault

A Rio man accused of having illegal sexual contact with a minor has made his first court appearance since a new attorney was appointed in the case.

60 year old Elmer Price was in Knox County Circuit Court briefly this morning for a first appearance with his new Public Defender, Karl Johnson.  Johnson was appointed on Monday after Public Defender Jim Harrell withdrew, citing a potential conflict of interest.

Price, prosecutors say, is believed to have fondled a young boy under the age of 13.

He’s charged with a single Class-X felony count of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child.

Eyewitnesses allegedly corroborated the story as well, and Price ended up being arrested almost a month ago on a $150,000 warrant.

Price remains in jail. A preliminary hearing in the case will be held next Tuesday.

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