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Crime & Courts

Lake in the Hills man pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges

Child told police last incident was at Classic Cinemas in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK – A Lake in the Hills man formally denied allegations that he sexually abused a female family member on several occasions.

Edgar Arana, 71, was arraigned Friday in McHenry County court and pleaded not guilty to six counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, Class X felonies, and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, Class 2 felonies.

If convicted of the most serious charge, Arana faces up to 30 years in prison. He is free on bond and is next scheduled to appear in court March 10.

Woodstock police learned about the allegations based on information provided to the Child Advocacy Center of McHenry County. The alleged acts of abuse took place in more than one police jurisdiction, and they were initially reported to the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services, police said.

During an interview conducted by counselors with the child advocacy center, the victim said that Arana had committed acts of sexual abuse to her on several occasions, police said. The last time an act had allegedly occurred was at Classic Cinemas in Woodstock while watching a movie Dec. 17.

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