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$1 million bond for Woodstock man charged with sexually assaulting young child

James W. Seekings, 49, of Woodstock.

A Woodstock man is being held on a $1 million bond after being charged with sexually assaulting a young child family member at least nine times, police said.

James W. Seekings, 49, of the 2300 block of Linden Drive in Woodstock, was charged with nine counts of predatory criminal sexual assault on a child and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a family member under 18.

The Woodstock Police Department began an investigation of a sexual assault on February 9, according to Police Chief John Lieb.

A Woodstock Police Department detective met with members of a multi-disciplinary team including representatives from the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the McHenry County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

“The goal of the team was to provide services to the victim and to hold the alleged suspect accountable for his actions,” Lieb said.

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The investigation revealed that a male family member of the victim, identified as Seekings, had committed numerous acts of sexual assault on the child.

Seekings was taken into custody without incident during the evening hours on Tuesday.

According to a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court, the victim was under the age of 13 and she was sexually assaulted at least eight times between 2014 and 2015.

The complaint said the girl was sexually assaulted at least once in 2019 as well.

Seekings is being held on a $1 million bond in the McHenry County jail. He must post $100,000 cash in order to be released.

A public defender was appointed for Seekings, who is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday for a bond hearing.


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