Feb­ru­ary 2, 2021


Anna Man Charged with Crim­i­nal Sex­u­al Assault


Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler E. Tripp announced today that Rusty A. Ship­ley (DOB 3/31/1999) of Anna, Illi­nois has been charged by Infor­ma­tion with three (3) counts of Crim­i­nal Sex­u­al Assault, all Class 2 Felonies, one (1) count of Aggra­vat­ed Crim­i­nal Sex­u­al Abuse, a Class 2 Felony and one (1) count of Unlaw­ful Restraint, a Class 4 Felony.  Ship­ley is charged with sex­u­al­ly assault­ing a child under the age of 17 years dur­ing 2020 and 2021.  Ship­ley was arrest­ed in Jan­u­ary 2021 fol­low­ing an inves­ti­ga­tion by Anna Police.


Ship­ley is being held in the Jack­son Coun­ty Jail in Mur­phys­boro on $250,000.00 bond.  The mat­ter is set for a Pre­lim­i­nary Hear­ing on Feb­ru­ary 5, 2021 at the hour of 9:30 a.m. at the Union Coun­ty Cour­t­house in Jonesboro.


The Union Coun­ty State’s Attorney’s Office reminds the pub­lic that charges are not evi­dence of guilt.  A defen­dant is pre­sumed inno­cent and is enti­tled to a fair tri­al in which the gov­ern­ment has the bur­den of prov­ing guilt beyond a rea­son­able doubt.


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