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DeKalb sex offender accused of abusing teen

Michael C. Harris, 22, of DeKalb, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Michael C. Harris, 22, of DeKalb, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

DeKALB – A 22-year-old DeKalb man, who also is a registered sex offender, remained in jail on Thursday unable to post $250,000 bond in a new case alleging aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Michael C. Harris, of the 1800 block of East Lincoln Highway, was charged aggravated criminal sexual abuse for allegedly abusing a teenaged girl younger than 17 multiple times between November and February, court records show.

Police were notified when the victim told her mother, who called police, DeKalb Police Lt. Bob Redel said. Force was not involved in the incidents, Redel said.

Harris has a pending case alleging he failed to register as a sex offender when he moved to another DeKalb address in June, court records show. He's required to register as a sex offender after being convicted in Ogle County of sexually abusing a 13-year-old when he was 18, according to the Illinois Sex Offender Registration.

If convicted in the new case, Harris would face between three to seven years in prison. If convicted of failing to register as a sex offender, he would face between two to five years in prison.

He is next due in court March 20.

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