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updated: 6/21/2012 6:52 PM

Lake County man charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child

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A Lake County man has been charged with two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a 9-year-old victim near Grayslake, authorities said.

Eric Hopkins, 40, of the 17000 block of Greentree Road in unincorporated Lake County near Grayslake, was also charged with 14 counts of criminal sexual abuse involving the same victim, Lake County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Karen Kates said.

On May 26, Lake County deputies received information that Hopkins had sexually assaulted the victim over several days prior to police being contacted, Kates said.

Deputies investigated the claim and turned over their findings to the Lake County State's Attorney's Office, which later filed charges, Kates said. Hopkins was arrested without incident on June 8, she added.

Kates would not release additional details about the case, and would not say if the victim knew Hopkins prior to the attack.

Hopkins is held in Lake County jail on a $300,000 bond. He is scheduled to be back in court June 28.

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