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Father accused of drugging student at college orientation before his son allegedly raped her

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 26/07/2016 | 11:40

Judge David McHugh gave Mr Freer the formal warning that he must provide any alibi details to the prosecution within 14 days.
Judge David McHugh gave Mr Freer the formal warning that he must provide any alibi details to the prosecution within 14 days.

An American father and son are facing criminal charges related to the alleged sexual assault of a young woman during a student orientation.

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Shawn Childs Jr (19) is charged with four counts of criminal sexual assault of the woman, who was also attending orientation at Illinois State University,

His father, Shawn Childs Sr, is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver for allegedly placing ecstasy in the woman’s drink.

The incident allegedly took place between 10pm and 11pm on Tuesday, July 19.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the father offered to buy alcohol for underage students who were visiting campus ahead of classes beginning in August.

The group of incoming students were staying in residence halls overnight during the two-day orientation, and had gathered in one of the dorm rooms on Tuesday night.

The First Assistant State’s Attorney Adam Ghrist told the McLean County Circuit Court that Childs purchased alcohol from a nearby store.

The alleged victim told police she saw Childs Sr put a pill in her beverage that she then drank.

However, she said she began to feel ill and returned to her room, where she claimed she was sexually assaulted by Childs Jr, who allegedly followed her into the room.

The court heard that Childs Jr raped the woman twice and stopped her from leaving the room.

She reported the alleged incident the following morning.

Ghrist noted that Childs Jr had told police that the victim was “messed up” at the time of the alleged incident.

Jay Groves, chief of staff at the university, said the alleged attack “has nothing to do with mischief and everything to do with terrible criminal behaviour on the part of adults”.

The father and son were arrested the following day at a train station as they were heading back to Chicago.

Childs Sr had 22 ecstasy pills in his pocket when he was arrested, according to Ghrist.

Childs Jr is being held in lieu of $10,035 and his father must post $20,025 to be released.

Ghrist said that the son has no prior convictions, but his father has previously been convicted for attempted murder, domestic battery and unlawful use of a weapon.

Both men are being held in McClean County Jail and are scheduled to appear in court for arraignment on July 29.

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