No bond reduction in sexual assault case

SYCAMORE – DeKalb County Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert declined Thursday to reduce bond for an 18-year-old Lee man accused of forcing oral sex on a 14-year-old girl in rural Waterman.

Justin D. Swanson, of the 1300 block of Woodlawn Road, was charged Monday with aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault and unlawful restraint. He also allegedly punched and slapped the girl during the incident last month, court records show.

His bond was originally set at $300,000. Defense attorney Richard Amato said Swanson’s family would have been able to post $10,000 if the bond was reduced to $100,000 in order for Swanson to be released while the charges are pending.

Assistant State’s Attorney Duke Harris said Swanson fled to Missouri after the alleged victim’s father showed up before Swanson was charged. Harris declined to reveal more details about the interaction between Swanson and the girl’s father.

If convicted of the most serious charge, Swanson would be sentenced to between six and 30 years in prison. His next court date is set for Tuesday.