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Crime & Courts

Bond set in sexual assault case

SYCAMORE – Bond was set at $200,000 Thursday for a 26-year-old Rockford man accused of sexually assaulting a teenager in Cortland.

Matthew A. Simpson, of the 1700 block of Eighth Street, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault. He remained in jail Thursday unable to post $20,000 bail.

Simpson is accused of sexually assaulting and abusing a 16-year-old March 27 in Cortland, authorities said. The victim and acquaintances of the victim told the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services about the abuse, said DeKalb County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Gary Dumdie. Police do not believe there are any more victims, Dumdie said.

Simpson is on parole for residential burglary. Illinois Department of Corrections officials asked that Simpson not be released from jail even if he is able to post bail, because he allegedly violated his parole by committing a new offense, authorities said.

If Simpson is convicted, he is eligible to serve an extended prison term and cannot be sentenced to probation, court records show.

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