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The Taylorville Police Department responded to a possible residential burglary early Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday, at approximately 1:00 a.m., the Taylorville Police Department responded to West Main Cross and upon arrival, officers were advised that a male subject had gained entry into a residence located in the 1300-block of West Main Cross.

After gaining entry into the residence, the subject sexually assaulted a female juvenile who had been in bed asleep. Following a short confrontation, the male subject fled the residence.

Through the investigation, officers learned the identity of the male subject, 18 year-old John E. Zini. Officers located Zini at a residence in Taylorville and following a short foot pursuit took Zini into custody. Zini was charged with home invasion, aggravated criminal sexual assault, and resisting arrest.

The female juvenile was taken to Taylorville Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released.

The Taylorville Police Department is continuing to investigate this incident. The Christian County Sheriff’s Office also assisted with the initial investigation.

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