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Plainfield 18-Year-Old Facing Charges of Sexually Assaulting a Minor

Jason Minger appeared in court Tuesday via closed-circuit TV. Police say charges related to a possible second victim may be forthcoming.

A teen from unincorporated  appeared in court Tuesday on sex abuse charges after being accused of sexually assaulting a minor younger than 13.

Jason T. Minger, 18, of the 23000 block of West Lynn Street, is accused of sexually assaulting a Joliet child on multiple occasions over the last year, according to Joliet Police Cmdr. Brian Benton, head of the department's investigations division.

Benton said the child's parents contacted police May 12. Police said Minger had befriended the child's family before the alleged sexual abuse. In the interest of protecting the victim's identity, police declined to provide the child's age or sex.

"Basically, the juvenile told the parents what had been occuring finally," Benton said.

The Will County Children's Advocacy Center was called in to conduct a victim-sensitive interview with the child, police said. After the interview, Benton said police contacted Minger and he voluntarily agreed to come in to speak with investigators Saturday.

"He admitted to the sexual assault of not only this victim, but one other victim," Benton said. Investigators are working to corroborate those statements, Benton added, saying charges related to a second potential victim may be forthcoming.

Minger is being held at the Will County jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Minger, who appeared in court Tuesday via closed-circuit television, is charged with predatory criminal sexual assault, a class X felony punishable by a mandatory six- to 30-year prison sentence if convicted. He is also charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim younger than 13, a class 2 felony which, upon conviction, mandates a sentence of three to seven years.

Minger is scheduled to return to Will County Courthouse for arraignment and preliminary hearing June 19.

Police report information is provided by local police departments. Charges are not evidence of guilt. Persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

kelli June 12, 2012 at 08:04 AM
I do understand but 13 and 18 is way to far apart!!! I could understand mutual agreed between 16 and 18.
kelli June 12, 2012 at 08:08 AM
Yes they were notified a very long time ago. And again when I found this out!!!!! How ever It might of been to late. Acts were being done to stuffed animaly and the parents were aware too. She was the one who sowed them back up!
kelli June 12, 2012 at 08:17 AM
Alex- chris served 6or less mths in military prison. For over 200pix/video but was never charged with my sis due to lack of evidence(once again a child dosent lie about this stuff) she was in tears historical worried my son would grow up w/o a father because she told someone, that she knew what it was like not to have one and she didn't want that 4 my son.....(tear) zaney- if UR talking bout me I have never been a bus driver.
kelli June 12, 2012 at 08:22 AM
Bad karma- the weird thing I'd they told me they knew it was wrong but thout it ok because someone did to them. Idk this is a messed up world...may god save us
Tracie Freeman June 22, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Well said Cheryl. I had Jason as a student in midle school. He was a very kind,nice and respectful student.

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