Central City man arrested for October sex abuse incident of 12-year-old

Central City man arrested for October sex abuse incident of 12-year-old

CENTRAL CITY, IL — An 81-year-old Central City man was arrested Sunday on charges of criminal sexual abuse and unlawful restraint. According to Central City Police, Vince Ayala was arrested following an investigation into an October 16th incident at his home where he is accused of restraining and sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl who lives in the neighborhood.

Police say the Ayala allegedly took the girl into his home where he committed a sex act. When the girl attempted to leave, Ayala reportedly pulled her back into the room. She was ultimately allowed to leave after telling him she would be missed if she didn’t show up soon for an activity. The girl told her parents of the alleged incident and was taken to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment. Central City Police then began their investigation which included obtaining video surveillance Ayala had outside his home that was processed by the Illinois State Police digital crime lab as well as an interview overseen by the Amy Center.

A preliminary hearing is set for December 14th. Bond was set Monday in Marion County Court for Ayala at $40,000.

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