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Crime & Courts

Judge rejects lower bond on Woodstock sex crimes

WOODSTOCK – A McHenry County Judge denied a request to lower the bond for a Woodstock man accused of sexually assaulting a child.

Jose J. Vega, 26, remains in custody of McHenry County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond. He was arrested May 15 on six Class X felonies accusing him of sexually assaulting a young girl to whom he was related. Class X felonies are punishable by between six and 30 years in prison.

The girl was 7 years old in 2008 when the alleged abuse began, and continued to 2013, Assistant State's Attorney Robert Zalud said. Vega is also accused of showing the girl pornography and threatening her if she told anyone, Zalud said at Friday's bond hearing before McHenry County Judge Michael Feetterer.

Vega's defense attorney, George Mueller characterized the state's position on Vega as being "guilty just because there's a complaint."

"No proof or evidence has ever been tendered," Mueller said.

Ultimately Feetterer rejected Vega's request to reduce his bond to $60,000. His next court date is June 12.

– Chelsea McDougall

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