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Jury convicts Quincy man of sex abuse, assault involving two girls

Johnathan Rajner
By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 15, 2018 6:05 pm Updated: May. 15, 2018 6:52 pm

QUINCY -- A Quincy man accused of having sexual contact with two girls will face up to 74 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after an Adams County jury found him guilty Tuesday of two sex abuse charges.

Johnathan E. Rajner, 43, was convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse after the jury deliberated for less than an hour.

Testifying on Tuesday was Quincy police Officer Bill Calkins, who interviewed Rajner.

Adams County Assistant State's Attorney Anita Rodriguez said the statements that Rajner made to Calkins showed he was at the home where the abuse occurred.

"He denied doing anything to (the girls), but what little he did admit to Officer Calkins corroborated the children's statements as far as when and where this happened," Rodriguez said.

Also testifying was Brooke Baldwin, director of forensic interviewing for the Advocacy Network for Children, who presented to interviews conducted with the two accusers in 2017.

The two girls testified Monday that Rajner touched them inappropriately on the same night as they were getting ready for bed in an upstairs bedroom at a Quincy residence. The encounter allegedly occurred in 2015 or 2016, but it didn't come to light until Jan. 29, 2018, when one of the girls told her guardian.

Rajner faces between six and 60 years for the predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and between three and 14 years for aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The sentences must be served consecutively because they involve separate accusers.

Sentencing was set for July 20.

Rajner was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in 2003 and of failure to register as a sex offender in 2013.

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