FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 22, 2012
Anna Man Charged with Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child
Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Benson T. Poirier (DOB 08/29/1979) of 1870 Old Highway 51 North in rural Anna has been charged with four (4) counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child, all Class X Felonies, and three (3) counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, all Class 2 Felonies. Poirier is alleged to have committed acts of sexual conduct with children under 13 years of age between 2005 and 2012.
Poirier was arrested on October 19, 2012 following an investigation by the Illinois State Police. Poirier was taken to the Jackson County Jail in Murphysboro and was released after posting $50,000 bond.
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.