DeKalb man accused of sexually abusing 6-year-old

DeKALB – A 34-year-old DeKalb man accused on having a 6-year-old perform a sex act remained in DeKalb County jail Friday, unable to post 10 percent of his $750,000 bail.

Jeremiah Riggs, of the 11100 block of Market Street, was charged with three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault. Each count is punishable with between six and 30 years in prison, so if he is convicted of all three charges, he would face between 18 and 90 years in prison.

During an interview Wednesday at the Child Advocacy Center, the child said Riggs had her perform a sex act on him repeatedly, court records show. When questioned by police, Riggs admitted to three such incidents in the past two years, court records show. Riggs and the girl are related, First Assistant State's Attorney Duke Harris said.

Riggs was unable to appear in court Friday morning because he was on suicide watch, but DeKalb County Judge John McAdams found there was probable cause to believe Riggs had committed the crimes, court records show. McAdams appointed him a public defender; Riggs is next due in court Monday.