Local man faces sexual assault charges

Local man faces sexual assault charges

gerald dammA 33-year-old Carlinville man faces three charges related to sexual assault.

Gerald L. Damm, 33, has been charged with separate felony counts of:
• Predatory sexual assault of a child;
• Criminal sexual abuse; and,
• Aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

The criminal complaint states Damm is being charged in connection with December 2012 through June 29, 2013 incidents in which the defendant allegedly knowingly committed an act of sexual penetration with an individual younger than 13 years old, knew the defendant was unable to give consent and knowingly had the victim handle his genitalia.

A Carlinville police officer arrested Damm July 26 at 6:10 p.m.

The defendant’s father posted bond at the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office, providing 75 $100 bills, according to court documents, for the required 10 percent of $75,000 to get Damm out of custody.

Damm has a court appearance Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 9 a.m. with Judge Josh Meyer presiding.

According to Illinois State Statutes, an  individual convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child can be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not less than six years and not more than 60 years, convictions for criminal assault charges carry a penalty of a fine and prison time while a conviction for aggravated criminal sexual abuse includes a fine and prison time ranging from 6 to 30 years.