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Crime & Courts

Second Woodstock teen pleads not guilty to sex, intimidation charges

WOODSTOCK – A Woodstock High School teen, who remains in custody at the McHenry County Jail, pleaded not guilty to sex and intimidation charges against him.

Corion V. Simpson, 18, of Woodstock, was arraigned Thursday before McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather.

Simpson is accused of felony sexual assault, intimidation, and misdemeanor sexual abuse. The most serious charge against him carries a possible prison sentence of between four and 15 years.

Eighteen-year-old James Cornelius, another teen charged as an adult, was arraigned earlier this week, and also denied the charges against him.

Simpson and Cornelius' bond remains at $80,000.

Two other juveniles were charged with sex crimes and released to their parents.

Prosecutors have said Simpson brought the 15-year-old alleged victim to a party in December where all the teens were drinking. Three boys are accused of sexually assault the girl, while a fourth recorded the encounter. Simpson is charged with threatening to post the video to Facebook if the girl didn't perform further sex acts with him. The video was posted to the social media site, but since taken down.

Prather previously rejected Simpson's request to lower his bond, despite the teen's clean criminal history.

On Thursday, she allowed Simpson's mother to bring his textbooks and homework to the jail.

Authorities were notified by the girl's father in late February of the incident that allegedly happened Dec. 27.

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