CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT
301 W. Franklin Street
Taylorville, IL 62568
 
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Bruce Kettelkamp
Sheriff

 

         

Date:  May 31, 2013

 

For immediate release:

 

On May 30, 2013, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office arrested James M. Owens VII, age 43, on charges of Indecent Solicitation of a Child, a class 3 felony.  The Christian County Sheriff’s Office, working in conjunction with the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office is conducting an ongoing investigation, pending possible further charges. 

 

The investigation began on May 17th, 2013 after the Sheriff’s Office was notified by Taylorville High School Officials that the Durham Bus Service had contacted them about inappropriate behavior of one of their employees during non-working hours.

 

Mr. Owens was employed by the Durham Bus Service as a school bus driver.

The alleged incident is to believe to have occurred in December 2012. Mr. Owens resides in rural Owaneco and was previously a volunteer fireman.

 

The preliminary investigation indicates there may be more victims in the Christian County area. We ask that anyone with information please contact the Christian County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Owens appeared in court this morning. Bond was set at $50,000.00.