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Crime & Courts

DeKalb man accused of sexual assault

James Young, who was charged with criminal sexual assault.
James Young, who was charged with criminal sexual assault.

SYCAMORE – A 35-year-old DeKalb man could face decades in prison if convicted of allegations that he sexually assaulted a young family member.

James Young, of the 700 block of North Fourth Street, was charged with criminal sexual assault and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He is accused of sexually assaulting a family member Tuesday who is between 13 and 17 years old, court records show.

Young was arrested about 2 a.m. Wednesday at the DeKalb Police Department. If convicted of criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, he would face between 12 and 60 years in prison. The two counts would be served consecutively, said Associate Judge John McAdams.

Typically, all the charges Young faces are punishable by between four and 15 years in prison. However, he is eligible for harsher sentencing because he has previous convictions for possession of a controlled substance, prosecutors said.

Young’s bond was set Wednesday at $500,000. He is due in court July 29.

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