Crime & Courts

Bond reduction denied for McHenry man

WOODSTOCK – A McHenry County Judge denied a bond reduction for a 19-year-old McHenry man accused of having sexual contact with an underage girl.

Ciriaco J. Diaz was 18 years old when he and a 12-year-old allegedly engaged in sex acts. He's charged with predatory criminal sexual assault and child pornography. Both are Class X felonies.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Judge Sharon Prather on Wednesday denied a request from his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Rick Behof, to lower Diaz's bond to $50,000. Behof argued that his client has no prior criminal history.

Prather rejected the request and Diaz remains jailed in lieu $100,000 bond.

Authorities have said the alleged victim was a “little” in the McHenry County Big Brothers Big Sisters program in McHenry. Someone from that agency learned of the alleged abuse and reported it to police.

Police also found nude photos of the girl on Diaz's cell phone.

His next court date is Dec. 18.

– Chelsea McDougall

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