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Crystal Lake man charged with raping child, possessing video of two children having sex

Courtney T. Stephens, 40, of Crystal Lake.

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A Crystal Lake man has been charged with raping a child and filming it nearly a dozen times. He also allegedly possessed a video of two children having sex, court documents allege.

Courtney T. Stephens, 40, of the 800 block of Eletson Drive in Crystal Lake, was charged with 11 counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and 14 counts of producing child pornography.

A 25-count criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court alleges Stephens possessed a video in December 2019 of a girl under the age of 13 who was undressed and displayed her genitals in a lewd manner.

Stephens also allegedly possessed a video of a girl under the age of 13 and a boy, approximately 5 years old, who were engaged in “several sex acts with one another,” the complaint alleges.

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On April 2, 2020, Stephens was accused of sexually assaulting a female juvenile who is a family member, the complaint said. He filmed the assault and saved it on an electronic device.

The criminal complaint alleges that Stephens sexually assaulted the girl and filmed it on ten additional occasions throughout 2020.

The Crystal Lake Police Department arrested Stephens on December 16 after an arrest warrant had been issued for him.

Stephens remains held in the McHenry County jail on a $575,000 bond, which means he would need to post $57,500 to be released.

He is scheduled to appear in court again on January 6 for a preliminary hearing.


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