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Mendota man charged with assaulting 5-year-old Lee County girl

Clayton J. Wood
Clayton J. Wood

DIXON – A Mendota man already facing charges of abusing a child in LaSalle County now also is charged with sexually abusing a 5-year-old Lee County girl.

Clayton J. Wood, 52, was arrested Thursday morning at his home and taken to Lee County Jail, where his bond is set at $100,000.

Wood is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, which carries 3 to 7 years in prison, for assaulting the girl on June 30, 2011, investigators said.

He has a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning in Lee County Court.

Wood also was indicted July 5 in LaSalle County on two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child younger than 13, stemming from an incident on Aug. 15, 2016, court records show.

He pleaded not guilty July 19 and posted bond July 24. A psychological evaluation was ordered in September; his next hearing is Feb. 23.

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