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August 3, 2018

Mulkey­town Man Sen­tenced to 50 years for Preda­to­ry Crim­i­nal Sex­u­al Assault of a Child

Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Cur­tis Edward Carr (DOB 12/10/1980) of Mulkey­town, Illi­nois has been sen­tenced to a total of fifty (50) years in the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions on two (2) counts of Preda­to­ry Crim­i­nal Sex­u­al Assault of a Child, both Class X Felonies.  Carr must serve 85 per­cent of the sen­tence and will also serve three (3) years to life of Manda­to­ry Super­vised Release (for­mer­ly known as Parole).  Carr will also have to reg­is­ter as a sex offend­er for life.

Carr was found guilty in May 2018 by a Union Coun­ty jury fol­low­ing an eight (8) day tri­al.  In July 2013, Carr sex­u­al­ly assault­ed a 12 year old girl in a vehi­cle parked at a res­i­dence in rur­al Jones­boro.  Carr was a friend of the young child’s fam­i­ly.  Evi­dence pre­sent­ed at tri­al also showed that Carr lat­er sex­u­al­ly assault­ed anoth­er young girl in the State of Mary­land after devel­op­ing a rela­tion­ship with her fam­i­ly.  Carr also engaged in online groom­ing of anoth­er young girl in the State of Ohio.

After the sen­tenc­ing, State’s Attor­ney Edmonds said “This sen­tence means the pub­lic will be safe from a ser­i­al child preda­tor.  The con­vic­tions and sen­tence were only pos­si­ble because the sur­vivor of this hor­ri­ble crime mus­tered the courage to come for­ward.  This case should also remind the pub­lic that child sex assault is often com­mit­ted by a per­son who knows the child and has trust with the child or the child’s fam­i­ly.”

The case was inves­ti­gat­ed by the Illi­nois State Police and the vic­tim was inter­viewed at the Two Rivers Child Advo­ca­cy Cen­ter in Anna.  The fol­low­ing agen­cies also assist­ed in the inves­ti­ga­tion and pros­e­cu­tion: Franklin Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office, Franklin Coun­ty State’s Attorney’s Office, Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office, Amherst (Ohio) Police Depart­ment, Lorain Coun­ty (Ohio) Prosecutor’s Office, Mary­land State Police, Franklin-Williamson Coun­ty Child Advo­ca­cy Cen­ter, Children’s Med­ical and Men­tal Health Resource Net­work and the South­east Mis­souri Net­work Against Sex­u­al Vio­lence.  State’s Attor­ney Edmonds added “I also want to again thank the many part­ner agen­cies in South­ern Illi­nois and across the nation for their assis­tance in inves­ti­gat­ing this case and pro­tect­ing the pub­lic from a child sex­u­al preda­tor.”

The case was pros­e­cut­ed by State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds and Assis­tant State’s Attor­ney Heather Heaslett.

Media: Please con­tact the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833‑5500 for any avail­able book­ing pho­tographs.