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Scott A. Edwards

Scott A. Edwards - facing felony charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and attempted aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

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DECATUR — A 32-year-old registered sexually violent predator, who is on probation for a prior conviction in Virginia, appeared in court Wednesday after he was arraigned on charges of abusing two boys younger than 13.

Scott A. Edwards is facing felony charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and attempted aggravated criminal sexual abuse, after two boys told investigators during a forensic interview that he abused them in his Decatur house.

The mother of the boys reported to police that they told her that Edwards inappropriately touched them “on a number of occasions” while they were in his care.

During the July 31 interview, the younger boy told police the boys stayed at Edwards’ house several times.

The boy said he was sleeping on a couch during one visit when Edwards got onto the couch “facing him” and held him down. He told police “Scott rubbed his hands all over his body, all over his chest, stomach and inner thighs,” said an arrest affidavit by Decatur police detective Janette Carlton.

The boy said he tried to get up from the couch and repeatedly told Edwards to stop, but he did not stop rubbing him “under his clothes.” He said on another occasion, Edwards “held him down on the floor and touched his body under his clothes in the same way.”

The younger boy said during their last visit, Edwards sat between both boys and “rubbed on” both of them at the same time.

The older boy reported that during several overnight stays at Edwards’ home, Edwards touched him on top of his shorts, as well as his chest and inner thighs. He said that occurred the last time he stayed at Edwards’ house, a couple of weeks before the interview.

The boys reportedly had been sleeping over at Edwards’ home periodically since this past autumn.

According to the Virginia Sex Offender Registry, Edwards was convicted in 2006 of two counts of aggravated sexual battery in Norfolk County. One victim was 10 years old, according to the Illinois Sex Offender Registry.

Edwards was sentenced to two 10-year concurrent prison sentences, with eight years suspended and 10 years probation. He is on probation until June 2017. Edwards is required to register for life as a result of this conviction.

Edwards, who is free after posting $5,000 cash bail in Macon County Circuit Court, is due back in court for his preliminary hearing Sept. 4.

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