• Half-million bail for alleged child predator

    by  • March 4, 2013 • News

    A 21-year-old Iuka man has been arrested for alleged predatory criminal sexual assault of a 6-year-old child.13-PHILLIPS--DUSTIN-FRONT-030113--1-_w235

    Dustin Michael Phillips was taken into custody Friday night following voluntary questioning by Marion County Sheriff’s deputies.

    He is accused of having sexual contact with the child on five different occasions in November and December. The investigation was launched following a complaint to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

    Phillips was convicted in October last year in Jefferson County of felony burglary and was sentenced to 30-months conditional discharge. a pay or appear date was scheduled for next week in that case.

    He remains in the Marion County Jail on the sex assault charge. Judge Michael McHaney set bail for Phillips on Monday at $500,000, or 10-percent cash bond. Phillips was appointed a public defender and his next court appearance is scheduled for March 16.