DECATUR — A 19-year-old male was booked into the Macon County Jail on charges of criminal sexual assault and child pornography for allegedly forcing a girl younger than 16 to have sex with him and receiving nude pictures from her.
Travis W. Hensen admitted having sex with the victim on five occasions and admitted he knew she was underage and what he was doing was illegal, according to an arrest affidavit by Macon County sheriff’s detective Kris Thompson. The age of consent in Illinois is 17.
The victim reported that she “had been involved in a sexual relationship against her will” with Henson, when she was interviewed Dec. 12 at the Macon County Child Advocacy Center.
She said she was introduced to Hensen and then they carried on a friendship.
“Travis began asking her to send nude photographs of herself via cellphone,” the victim told police. She responded by sending him multiple photographs.
The victim said Hensen forced her to have sex with him at one time. She said there were also several other sexual encounters.
When Thompson conducted a videotaped interview with Hensen, he admitted having sex with her on five occasions.
“Travis stated that he solicited (the victim) for nude photographs and has received at least four but up to twenty-eight nude images of (the victim,)” Thompson wrote. “Travis said the sexual encounters took place in Decatur, Boody and his residence in rural Macon County.”
Hensen was arrested Tuesday afternoon and booked into the Macon County Jail, where he is being held on $50,000 bond pending his arraignment by Feb. 13.