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An Ava police officer has been indicted by a Jackson County grand jury on multiple counts of criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a juvenile.

According to a news release from Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr, 47-year-old William F. Fenton, of Murphysboro, is charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault, Class 1 felonies, and three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, Class 2 felonies.

According to the news release, the indictment alleges that during the month of July 2017, Fenton committed acts of sexual penetration and sexual conduct with a juvenile.

The release states that if found guilty, Fenton could face 22 years of imprisonment with a mandatory supervised release period of two years to natural life.

According to the release, Fenton was arrested Wednesday by the Illinois State Police and posted bond. He is scheduled to make a first appearance before the court on Jan. 3.

The release states the investigation is being pursued by the Illinois State Police. Assistant State’s Attorney Rebecca Blomer and State’s Attorney Michael C. Carr are handling the prosecution.

— The Southern


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Isaac Smith is a reporter covering Franklin and Williamson counties.

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