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Crime & Courts

Man accused of sexually abusing Cortland teen

Matthew A. Simpson, DOB 12/27/87, who was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Matthew A. Simpson, DOB 12/27/87, who was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

CORTLAND – DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 26-year-old Rockford man Wednesday after receiving a report of sexual abuse from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Matthew A. Simpson, of the 1700 block of Eighth Street, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault. If convicted of the more serious charge, criminal sexual assault, he would face between four and 15 years in prison.

DCFS contacted police about a possible incident of sexual abuse to a 16-year-old that happened March 27 in Cortland, according to a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The victim and acquaintances of the victim told DCFS about the abuse, said DeKalb County Sheriff Chief Deputy Gary Dumdie. Police do not believe there are any more victims, Dumdie said.

Simpson was is on parole for residential burglary, so Illinois Department of Corrections officials asked that he not be released from jail even if he is able to post bail. Prison officials are alleging he violated his parole by committing a new offense.

Simpson is next due in court Thursday.

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