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.