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Bond reduced in sex-abuse case

WOODSTOCK – Bond was cut in half Tuesday for a Crystal Lake man accused of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl.

Michael A. Petersen, 35, was arrested Friday. He faces two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of indecent solicitation.

Petersen’s bond had been set at $100,000, but was reduced by McHenry County Judge Gordon Graham to $50,000. He must post 10 percent, or $5,000, to be released.

Petersen’s attorney, Phil Prossnitz, said that while his client has a criminal record that includes a weapons violation in the 1990s, Petersen has significant ties to the community and has never missed a court date.

Petersen’s father testified that his son has had problems with alcohol, but has been sober for about three years.

Assistant State’s Attorney Dominic Buttitta objected to a bond reduction, saying the allegations against him were serious and that he poses a danger to the community.

Petersen’s next scheduled court date is Jan. 8.

– Sarah Sutschek

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