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Crime & Courts

Judge: Rochelle man accused of sexually assaulting child can leave jail

Jordan E. Miles, 20, of Rochelle
Jordan E. Miles, 20, of Rochelle

SYCAMORE – It took several minutes of deliberation and a battery of questions before a DeKalb County judge ruled that a Rochelle man accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a boy four years ago should be set free.

Jordan E. Miles, 20, of the 6800 block of South Sarah Avenue, has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, and if convicted, he could face six to 30 years in prison. During Miles’ bond hearing Friday afternoon, Judge Philip Montgomery drilled Assistant State’s Attorney Alicia Caplan and public defender Larry Olson for more information.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office deputies said in court records that Miles was living with his grandmother in the 6000 block of West Sandwich Road in Hinckley when, once or twice a month between June 2014 and June 2016, he had inappropriate sexual contact with the boy, whom his grandmother was baby-sitting. Miles was between 14 and 16 years old at the time, and the victim was 4 or 5, Caplan said.

Caplan said the child disclosed the alleged incidents “recently,” after he was brought back to the baby-sitter’s house. “It brought this up for him, and he disclosed,” Caplan said.

She said that about five weeks ago she filed for the case, which was in juvenile court, to become an adult case. Miles was rearrested Thursday, records show.

Olson said he’s worked in juvenile court for more than a year, and that Judge Marcy Buick released Miles on his signature, with the condition that he have no contact with the victim.

“He was freed five weeks ago by a judge,” he said. “The only thing that’s changed is the file number on the case. None of the other details have changed. None of them.”

Olson said where Miles’ grandparents had been his guardians, he now lives at the Rochelle address with his girlfriend, her parents and an adult son of theirs in a rented home.

Montgomery ruled that Miles can be released on his signature, as soon as the renter of the home approves him staying there with an electronic home monitoring bracelet. Montgomery said Miles can have no contact with children younger than 18.

He pointed out that Miles has no other criminal history, aside from a juvenile theft charge for which he got court supervision.

“What persuades the court significantly in this case is that the abuse happened four-plus years ago,” Montgomery said, visibly wrestling over his decision, “and that there have been no more reports of abuse.”

Miles is due back in court at 9 a.m. Aug. 10.

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