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Man in Court Accused of Felony Sex Crime

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 306

The Galesburg man arrested last week and charged with having sexual contact with an underage girl says he wants a public defender to represent him.

53-year-old William Hickman, Senior made his first appearance in Knox County Circuit Court this morning charging him with two Class-X felony counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child.

Hickman was arrested last Wednesday at a rural Knox County address. Prosecutors say he had sexual contact with a young girl under the age of 12 on several occasions over the last several years.

Judge Stephen Mathers granted Hickman’s request for a public defender in the case, and appointed Jim Harrell.

Hickman remains held in the Knox County Jail on $250-thousand bond, and will be back in court for an appearance with his attorney Friday morning.

Not much else about the charges Hickman faces have been publicly released.