Davenport man charged with sex assault of a child in Mercer County

Predatory criminal sexual assault charges have been filed against a Davenport, Iowa man who authorities are accusing of having sexual contact with a victim under the age of 13.

33-year-old Antonio Cortez Williamson had his bond set at $ 250,000. Judge Peter Church ordered Williamson to have no contact with the alleged victim, victim’s family or anyone under the age of 18.

On Tuesday, Williamson was back in court where he waived his right to a preliminary hearing a pretrial conference date was set for Sept. 16. Williamson is being represented by Mercer County Public Defender Daniel Dalton.

If convicted that can yield a prison sentence of 6 to 60 years.

Few details are publicly known about the offense. Mercer County State’s Attorney Meeghan Lee did not respond to an email from WGIL seeking comment.

This marks the third person to be charged in Mercer County this with sexual abuse of a child.

44-year-old James Haley is facing a litany of charges for child pornography and aggravated criminal sexual assault after he was charged in August.

60-year former Aledo teacher Mark Artcher was charged in April and has had a pretrial conference postponed several times, but the next date for it is Oct. 15.

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