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Wonder Lake man charged with sexual assault

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 4:23 p.m. CST

WONDER LAKE – A 42-year-old Wonder Lake man has been charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

Benjamin M. Priest, 42, of 7206 N. Oaks St., Wonder Lake, was arrested Saturday, June 22, and charged with the class X felony, following an investigation and interview by the McHenry County Sheriff's Office, according to a press release.

A 14-year-old girl told the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services that she had been sexually assaulted over a period of 6 years at a home in unincorporated Woodstock, the release said.

Priest is being held at McHenry County Jail in lieu of $150,000.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed, it said.

Anyone with information can contact the the criminal investigations division at 815-334-4750 or 815-338-2144. 

- Emily K. Coleman

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