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Jerome Belton | Chicago Police

Prosecutors: Man sexually abused 9-year-old girl on South Side

SHARE Prosecutors: Man sexually abused 9-year-old girl on South Side
SHARE Prosecutors: Man sexually abused 9-year-old girl on South Side

A 31-year-old man has been charged with sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl as she took out the garbage at her Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood home on the South Side in February.

Surveillance photo of the suspect who grabbed a 9-year-old girl in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood in February. | Chicago Police

Surveillance photo of the suspect who grabbed a 9-year-old girl in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood in February. | Chicago Police

Jerome Belton was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and attempted predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

About 4:20 p.m. Feb. 16, the girl walked out of her building in the 6400 block of South King Drive to with a piece of trash, and Belton followed her from behind, Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Whang said at Belton’s bond hearing Wednesday.

He put his hand down her pants and touched the sides of her buttocks under her clothing;. Then, as he moved his hands toward her vagina, she fell to the ground and began to scream, Whang said. He thenran off.

She cried out to a neighbor, who took the girl to her mother, who called police, Whang said.

Surveillance footage from the girl’s apartment building captured the manfollowing her and grabbing her, Whang said.Police released still photos from the surveillance video in a community alert.

Three separate witnesses who know Belton, including the mother of his child, identified him in the photos, Whang said.

Beltonand the girl did not know each other.

Belton, who lives in the 6900 block of South Kimbark, was arrested Monday in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Whang said.

In court Wednesday, Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. ordered him held on a $450,000 bond.

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