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Preliminary Hearing Held for Rigney; Jury Trial Set

The preliminary hearing of 35 year-old Steve A. Rigney of Morrisonville was held at the Christian County Courthouse on Tuesday morning. Rigney is accused of sexually abusing a minor child on multiple occasions, as he is facing a Class 1 felony of Criminal Sexual Assault. Christian County State’s Attorney, Michael Havera, called Christian County Sheriff Deputy Alan Bailey to the stand. Bailey testified that the victim stated there were multiple incidents of sexual assault between March to May of 2015, and the incidents occurred in the victim’s bedroom at Rigney’s residence in Palmer. While being interviewed by Bailey, the victim stated that Rigney would be drunk during instances.


During cross examination, Bailey told Public Defender Greg Grigsby that the victim notified her mother of the allegations on February 1, 2016. While being interviewed by Bailey, Rigney denied committing the acts.


Following Bailey’s testimony, Associate Judge Brad Paisley stated that the court has found probable cause. Grigsby stated the defendant waives arraignment, pleads not guilty, and demands trial by jury. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for May 31, 2016 at 10 a.m., and a jury trial has been set for June 20 at 8:30 a.m.

The possible penalties of the Criminal Sexual Assault charge include a mandatory 4-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and two years to a lifetime of mandatory supervised release. Rigney is still being held on $500,000 cash bond.

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