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Southern Illinois police officer charged with sexual assault

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- A Southern Illinois police officer faces charges that he sexually assaulted a juvenile.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports that Ava police officer William F. Fenton was indicted by a grand jury on felony counts of criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse and was arrested on Wednesday by the Illinois State Police. According to a news release from the Jackson County State's Attorney's office, Fenton posted bond and is scheduled to make his first court appearance in January. .

The 47-year-old Fenton of Murphysboro is accused of committing the crimes in July. The news release says that if convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 22 years in prison.

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