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McHenry man charged with sexual assault

McHENRY – A McHenry man has been charged with repeatedly sexually abusing two relatives over a 4-year span.

Thomas R. McAuliffe, 55, was arrested Wednesday on two counts of felony sexual assault after two of his family members – both minors – told police they had been sexually abused by McAuliffe numerous times between 2009 and 2012, according to a news release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

Each Class 2 felony charge carries a sentence of up to 7 years in prison.

According to the news release, a joint investigation with the Twin Lakes Police Department was started after the minors came forward with information. The investigation led to an arrest warrant and will continue as officers believe more victims may exist.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office encourages any victim or person with information to contact investigators at 815-334-4750.

McAuliffe is being held on $40,000 bond and is scheduled to next appear in court on Nov. 15.

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