MACON — A 30-year-old woman was arrested Thursday after Macon County sheriff's deputies said she and a man sexually touched three children on several occasions and encouraged the children to sexually touch each other at a residence in Macon. 

Ashley N. Jobe faces a preliminary charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. Sheriff's Sgt. Roger Pope said an arrest warrant has been signed for Jesse Demascal, 30, on eight preliminary charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of a child. 

Demascal was being held in the Christian County Jail on Friday on an unrelated preliminary criminal damage to property charge. Pope said he will be released from Christian County custody Tuesday and will be arrested and booked in the Macon County Jail that day. His bond has been set at $500,000. His Christian County booking photo was unavailable. 

A signed affidavit of Jobe's arrest said deputies initially responded to a report from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services on Nov. 11.

Deputies conducted interviews with the three children — each younger than 13 — and each gave accounts on several instances when Jobe and Demascal either sexually touched the children, made the children touch them sexually or touch each other, the affidavit said.

Jobe told deputies that while she believed one of the children's accounts of her performing a sexual act on him, she said she didn't remember it happening because she might have been intoxicated, the affidavit said. When asked about sexually touching another of the children, Jobe admitted to doing so, the affidavit said.

Demascal denied allowing the any of the children to touch his private area, the affidavit said, but said two of the children entered a room he was in and witnessed him performing a sexual act. He said one of the children accidentally touched his private area when jumping on his back.

Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. 

Jobe was held in the Macon County Jail Friday on $750,000 bond. If she makes bail, she is ordered to stay away from the three children and any minor younger than 18. 

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