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Sycamore man accused of assaulting girl

Published: Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 11:50 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 11:25 a.m. CST
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Richard J. Janusz, 46, of Sycamore, was charged with 15 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and three counts of possession of child pornography.

SYCAMORE – A Sycamore man who is accused of sexually assaulting a girl younger than 13 over a span of four years had his bond set Friday at $5 million.

Richard J. Janusz, 46, of the 500 block of Nathan Lattin Lane, was charged with 15 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and three counts of possession of child pornography.

Additional charges, such as distribution of child pornography, could be filed as the case continues, DeKalb County Assistant State's Attorney Jessica Finley said. Authorities believe Janusz victimized more than one child and are asking anyone with relevant information to contact Sycamore police at 815-895-3435.

"We're continuing to investigate," Sycamore Police Chief Don Thomas said. "Our detectives will be speaking to other people in the community and other family that may have had recent contact with the arrestee in order to see if we have any other offenses."

Thomas said Janusz worked as an air traffic controller. He is accused of sexually assaulting a girl under 13 years old from Jan. 1, 2010, to July 31, and of having multiple images of underage children on his computer, court records show. Thomas said police are still investigating whether Janusz took the pictures himself or if he acquired them from another source.

"There are many images," Thomas said. "We may discover more victims as we dig deeper."

Police took Janusz's computer and other electronic devices to possibly find more evidence, Thomas said.

The most serious charge, predatory criminal sexual assault, is typically punishable by between 6 and 30 years in prison. If convicted of all counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, Janusz could face between 90 and 450 years in prison.

Finley said Janusz has no prior criminal history. He is next due in court Aug. 20.

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Authorities say Janusz might have victimized more than one child and ask anyone with information to contact them at 815-895-3435.

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