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Probable Cause Found in Felony Sex Case

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 211

A Connecticut man can stand trial on charges of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse stemming from an incident late last month involving a 14-year-old girl.

Knox County Circuit Court Judge Scott Shipplett yesterday found probable cause for 34-year-old Andrew Cunningham to be tried. Cunningham, through Public Defender Karl Johnson, pleaded not guilty and asked for a trial by jury.  Cunningham was arrested June 27th after police determined he was staying at the Super 8 motel in Knoxville.

Galesburg Police Detective Todd Olinger testified yesterday that police were called to the parking lot of the Galesburg American Legion during the morning hours that day after eyewitnesses say two people appeared to be having sex inside a car parked in the lot there.  Olinger says both Cunningham and the girl made the same statement about the sexual contact.

Cunningham remains held in the Knox County Jail on $150,000 bond. A pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for September second, with a trial possibly starting as soon as September 15th.