DECATUR — A Decatur man implicated by DNA results appeared in Macon County Circuit Court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty a charge of criminal sexual assault.

Macon County Assistant State’s Attorney Katie Dowis said the charge dates to the night of May 10, 2017, when a woman said she refused the advances of Jonathan C.T. Owens, 26, and was raped in the garage of a Decatur home. The woman said the two of them had been watching movies and smoking cannabis together before the assault.

A sworn affidavit from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office said Owens had laughed at deputies when they spoke to him by phone about the accusation. He said he didn’t know the victim, and he refused to come to the Macon County Law Enforcement Center for an interview.

But deputies obtained DNA evidence from the woman while she was in the hospital and sent it to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab. The results came back a year later and, after deputies got a search warrant to get a DNA swab from Owens, they got a near perfect match, the affidavit said.

“(The sample) was found to be no more common than approximately one in 5.0 quadrillion unrelated individuals,” the affidavit said.

Owens was arrested Oct. 9 and remained held in the Macon County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. He asked Judge Phoebe Bowers for time to hire a private attorney for his defense, and she agreed, scheduling a hearing for Nov. 16.

2018 mug shots from the Herald & Review

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