A Taylorville man facing seven counts of child pornography possession is now facing a predatory child sexual assault charge as well. 44-year-old Michael P. Shilling made his first appearance in court on the new charge Friday morning.
Shilling is accused of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13 between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2007. The charge is a Class X felony and he could face six to 30 years in prison if convicted.
Shilling’s trial on the child pornography possession charges was originally scheduled to start Monday. With the new charge filed, that trial has been postponed. Shilling will have a preliminary hearing on October 2 at 10 a.m. at the Christian County Courthouse.