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DECATUR – Jonathan R. Galley, 47, of Decatur is being held in jail on $500,000 bond for allegedly sexually assaulting and abusing a girl younger than 12 repeatedly for more than 11 weeks.

Galley was arraigned Wednesday on four Class X counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, each count punishable by six to 60 years in prison, and six counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, three to seven years on each count.

The incidents allegedly occurred at Galley's house in the 800 block of West Olive Street between Oct. 1 and Dec. 19.

Decatur police officers were sent to HSHS St. Mary's Hospital on Dec. 22 on the report of a sexual assault. A relative of the victim told police that the girl “had been sexually abused on several occasions” by Galley, who was acquainted with the family, said an affidavit by patrol officer Eric Waggoner.

The relative told police the victim reported that Galley asked her to play a game with him. He would then disrobe and sexually assault and abuse her.

An emergency room nurse told police that the victim related to her details of the alleged incidents. Those details matched the narrative the victim told her relative.

A few days later, officer Waggoner, on temporary assignment to the detective bureau, interviewed another relative of the victim. That relative said the victim reported that Galley performed acts with sex toys on her.

The victim told that relative that there were three sex toys, which were purple, blue, and white with pink polka dots. She said those items were stored in a nightstand drawer in Galley's bedroom.

That relative “showed me photographs he had taken on Dec. 23, 2016, after having spoken with (the victim) about this incident,” Waggoner wrote in his statement. The relative said the photographs “were of the master bedroom and residence of Jonathan Galley.”

He took the photographs after hearing the victim's reports about the sex toys and other items.

In one photograph “of the opened nightstand drawer were what appeared to be one blue and one white with pink polka dot sex toys.” Photographs also captured other items described by the child that were used during the incidents.

In a forensic interview at the Child 1st Center on Dec. 28, the victim “reiterated what she had previously told” her two relatives and the nurse.

She told the interviewer, “Jonathan had shown her pornography on his computer on several occasions.” She said some of the pornography depicted teen girls, which she knew were teens “because it said so in the titles of the movies.”

Galley, who was assigned a public defender, is due in court for his preliminary hearing Jan. 18.


Staff Writer

Staff Writer for the Herald & Review.