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McHenry man and woman arrested in sex abuse, drug investigation

Joseph M. McCormick and Amber A. Cechini

A McHenry man and woman are facing drug charges after police conducted an arrest warrant on the man for unrelated sex abuse charges.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force, McHenry Police and U.S. Marshals served an arrest warrant on Joseph M. McCormick, 33, of McHenry, for three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

“The warrant was obtained after an investigation by the City of McHenry Police Department and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office into complaints of sex abuse and illegal drug activity,” the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said.

While serving the arrest warrant for McCormick at his residence in McHenry, police saw evidence of illegal drugs and obtained a search warrant.

A search of the residence resulted in police finding 9 grams of methamphetamine, 8 Alprazolam pills, packaging materials, multiple items of drug paraphernalia and $2,000 in cash. The estimated street value of the drugs is $1,000, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said.

Amber A. Cechini, 27, of McHenry, was also arrested during the warrant. McCormick and Cechini both are facing charges of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

In addition, McCormick is facing three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges. His bond has been set at $70,000.

Authorities encourage anyone with information about criminal activity to contact the McHenry County Crime Stoppers at 800-762-7867.


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