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|Man Accused of Child Sexual Assault Hears Evidence During Court Hearing
|A Yates City man facing a felony charge that alleges he had sexual contact with a child made an appearance in Knox County Circuit Court Wednesday to hear testimony that could be brought up at his trial.
30-year old Christopher Perdue is charged with Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child, a Class-X felony which, Knox County Assistant State's Attorney Erik Gibson says, if convicted, could send Perdue to prison for up to 60 years.
The state called a number of witnesses to the stand during the pre-trial hearing to discuss statements made by a young girl to investigators and counselors who interviewed her since the alleged incidents occurred.
A family therapist testified that Perdue, who was the boyfriend of the girl's mother, would go into the child's bedroom that she shared with her younger sister and perform sexual acts on her. The accuser told the therapist that Perdue would sometimes bandage her to the bed so she couldn't get away, and he would even take her out of school and assault her when the two returned home.
The therapist testified that she believed the girl because of her consistent statements and her body movements during the interview.
The defense countered that the girl's behavior could also be the same as someone who isn't being truthful or was following a script.
The court also viewed and listened to two DVD's of other interviews the girl did with a forensic interviewer and an investigator with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
The girl's grandmother now has custody her and her older brother.
Final arguments by the state are due to the court by September 25th, and the defense will be allowed another week for rebuttal. Perdue's trial is scheduled to begin next month.
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