Tentative Jury Trial Date Set for Mt. Vernon Man Charged With Multiple Child Sex Crimes

Tentative Jury Trial Date Set for Mt. Vernon Man Charged With Multiple Child Sex Crimes

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A tentative jury trial date has been set in Jefferson County Court for a 48-year-old Mt. Vernon man charged with multiple felonies accusing him of child sex crimes.

Michael Lee Wheeler was arrested earlier this month and charged with two Class X felonies for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 and production of child pornography depicting a victim under the age of 13.

Wheeler was taken to the Jefferson County Jail where he has remained with bail set at $2 million and he was appointed a public defender.

His attorney then filed a motion a few days later seeking a reduction in bond that was scheduled to be heard Tuesday.

However, the prosecutor’s office filed a bill of indictment last week adding multiple charges to the case.

Wheeler is now charged with four additional Class X felony charges for videos of child pornography, and two counts Class 2 felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 13.

A final pre-trial hearing in the case is now scheduled for September 22, and a jury trial date has tentatively been set for September 29.

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