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St. Charles police arrest man on sexual abuse charges

ST. CHARLES – A 22-year-old Hampshire man faces nine felony charges following a five-month investigation that began when a St. Charles teen reported he sexually assaulted her, according to the St. Charles Police Department.

A mutual acquaintance introduced Nathan Lake and the 16-year-old girl on Jan. 27, police spokesman Paul McCurtain said, noting their first contact was through texting.

Lake made arrangements with the teen for her to leave her house without her parents’ knowledge or consent, McCurtain said. He said Lake picked her up in St. Charles and drove to rural Hampshire, where he sexually assaulted her.

The girl reported the incident Jan. 28 to St. Charles police, launching an investigation that included numerous interviews, involvement by the Kane County Child Advocacy Center and a forensic analysis of the teen’s cellphone, McCurtain said.

A Kane County grand jury Tuesday indicted Lake, of the 44W000 block of Plank Road, on the following charges: four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony; two counts of indecent solicitation of a child, a Class 3 felony; and one count each of solicitation to meet a child, a Class 4 felony; traveling to meet a child for unlawful purposes, a Class 3 felony; and child abduction, a Class 4 felony, police said.

The indictments stated Lake “intentionally lured” the teen into a motor vehicle or building without expressed consent of her parents for something other than a lawful purpose, and he traveled by car to meet her to engage in an unlawful sex offense after using a cellphone “to seduce, solicit, lure or entice” her for such purpose, McCurtain said.

St. Charles police arrested Lake without incident Tuesday, McCurtain said. Lake was being held in the Kane County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bail. He must post $10,000 bond to be released, McCurtain said.

Police are asking anyone with information about other potential victims to call Detective Chuck Pierce at 630-443-3827. McCurtain said police “just want to make sure there aren’t any others.”

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