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Police: Decatur man sexually abused young boy for years


DECATUR — A Decatur man is facing multiple felony charges after police said he repeatedly sexually assaulted a boy over a period of years, from age of 6 to 11.

A sworn police affidavit said John T. McKown, 68, assaulted and abused the boy when the child visited his house.

“(The child) advised that the sexual abuse ... began when he was approximately 6 years old and continued until approximately July of 2017,” said detective Eric Matthews, writing in the affidavit.

He said Decatur police were tipped off by Springfield Police Department, which had been investigating the sexual assault of a 14-year-old autistic girl when they learned of the Decatur case.

After its own investigation, Decatur police arrested McKown on Wednesday afternoon. He was booked on preliminary charges of predatory criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He was also charged with the sexual exploitation of a child and the production of child pornography. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state’s attorney’s office.

Matthews said police officers who searched McKown’s home found a basement area screened off by hung bed sheets that McKown referred to as his “man cave.”

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The boy had told police some of the sexual assaults had happened in this area and described pictures on the walls, which were of young girls. Matthews said police saw the same pictures and described them as having other pornographic images attached to them.

McKown remained in the Macon County Jail on Thursday night in lieu of $250,000 bond. If he makes bail, he is ordered to have no contact with anyone younger than 18. He is due to be arraigned Feb. 1.


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