DECATUR — Taylor R. Szekely, 18, appeared before a judge Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to charges involving the repeated rape and sexual molestation of Decatur girls younger than 10.
Macon County Circuit Judge Phoebe Bowers arraigned Szekely on two charges of predatory criminal sexual assault and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. She set the case for the trial call of Judge Jeffrey Geisler and scheduled a pretrial hearing for Oct. 1.
A sworn affidavit about the charges from Decatur Police detective Eric Matthews described the victims as best friends who were assaulted together. One girl had told police the abuse took place until a week before Szekely’s arrest on July 27.
“(The other girl) said that Taylor ‘raped us’ and described the word rape as meaning 'where he pulls down your pants and he does all nasty stuff to you,'” said Matthews in the affidavit.
The abuse was exposed when the mother of one of the girls was checking through her daughter’s cell phone and found “disturbing Facebook Messenger” conversations. Matthews said the content of the conversations led the mother to believe her child was being raped.
Szekely remained held in the Macon County Jail Wednesday night in lieu of posting $500,000 bond.