Salem man pleads guilty to sex assault of a child

Salem man pleads guilty to sex assault of a child

SALEM, IL — A 19-year-old Salem man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Marion County Court to sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13 in exchange for three child pornography charges being dismissed. Salem police arrested Dustin Peach last year after a tip to the Internet Crimes against Children led members of the Salem Police Department and a member of the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force from the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office to execute a search warrant on Peach’s home on South Lackey.

During the search, officials reportedly seized items that included his phone that allegedly contained three photos of a sex act being committed against a child under the age of three. Peach reportedly admitted to officers during questioning that he had committed the acts against the child in the photos. The acts were reportedly committed against the child and the photos taken in December 2020 when Peach was babysitting the child to whom he has no relation. Peach was formally charged with four Class X felonies, one for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 and three counts child pornography.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced on the sexual assault charge July 5 in Marion County Court.

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