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Sterling man arrested on sex abuse charges

Shawn R. Aldrich
Shawn R. Aldrich

STERLING – A Sterling man was arrested Thursday on a charge of sexually abusing a girl under the age of 13.

Police said Shawn R. Aldrich, 24, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of a child – which carry sentences of 3 to 7 years and 1 to 3 years, respectively.

According to a news release, the victim said that a man committed a sexual act in her presence during December 2010, and that, around the same time, the two engaged in sexual conduct together.

Aldrich was in Whiteside County Jail on Thursday. His bond had not yet been set.

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