SALEM, IL — Bail has been set at $150,000 for a 57-year-old Salem man who reportedly admitted to committing a sex act with an 11-year-old child visiting his home. Rayvon T. Garner was formally charged Friday in Marion County Court with Class X felony predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. Garner was arrested Wednesday on a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 16. The incident allegedly occurred between August 1st and September 30th.
According to Salem Police, they received a call Wednesday afternoon about the alleged incident and officers then responded to Garner’s residence in the 1300 block of South Rotan. Garner reportedly agreed to go in for an interview, after which he was arrested on the sexual assault charge and taken to the Marion County Jail.
Garner was convicted in 1990 in Marion County of Class 2 felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child between the ages of 13 and 16. He was sentenced in that case to 5-years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Sentencing guidelines at the time, however, did not require a life-time registration so he is no longer listed on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry despite violating the registry multiple times.
Garner is scheduled to next appear in court October 27th, for a preliminary hearing and first appearance with his court appointed attorney.
If he’s able to post bond, he’s prohibited from having contact with the alleged victim or anyone under the age of 18.