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Woodstock teen denies sex assault of 15-year-old at party

Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 4:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 9:53 p.m. CDT
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James Cornelius, 18, who remains in custody in lieu of $80,000 bond, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony sexual assault and misdemeanor sexual abuse charges against him. The most serious charge carries a possible prison sentence of four to 15 years.

WOODSTOCK – A Woodstock High School teen denied allegations that he was one of three boys who sexually assaulted a 15-year-old at a party last year, and a fourth accused of videotaping the encounter.

James Cornelius, 18, who remains in custody in lieu of $80,000 bond, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony sexual assault and misdemeanor sexual abuse charges against him. The most serious charge carries a possible prison sentence of four to 15 years.

According to police, Cornelius, Corion V. Simpson, 18, and another juvenile boy sexually assaulted the girl while a second juvenile recorded the alleged incident.

Simpson also was charged as an adult and remains in custody at the McHenry County Jail. The juveniles were charged but released to their parents.

Prosecutors have said that all the teens were drinking alcohol, including the 15-year-old girl who does not attend school with the boys. Video of the alleged assault is believed to have been posted on Facebook, and used to intimidate the girl into further sex acts. The video has since been removed, Woodstock Police have said.

Authorities were notified by the girl's father in late February of the incident that allegedly happened Dec 27.

Cornelius' next court date is June 3.

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