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21-year-old accused of sexual assault

Charges come shortly after previous assault case dismissed

AMBOY – A 21-year-old Amboy man who successfully completed Lee County’s Second Chance Program has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a girl younger than 17.

David J.S. Gossage, 21, is charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual assault. He was arrested Tuesday; he posted $2,500 of his $25,000 bond Thursday.

Amboy Police say Gossage assaulted the girl on June 10, bruising her breasts.

In December 2011, Gossage was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated assault for threatening a female Sauk Valley Community College student with a knife during an argument, which, at the time, Lee County Sheriff John Varga thought had something to do with a “Facebook issue.”

Because of his successful Second Chance participation, the case was dismissed June 6 – 4 days before police say this assault took place.

Lee County’s Second Chance Program gives first-time offenders the chance to keep a felony conviction off their record. Defendants must apply for the yearlong program and are screened to determine whether they are likely to reoffend. If they comply with the program’s requirements, their charges are dismissed.

Requirements vary for each person, but often include community service, counseling, writing a letter of apology to the victim, and paying restitution and program fees.

In Gossage’s case, his only real requirement was to “stay out of trouble,” said State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller, who was Gossage’s defense attorney at the time.

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