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One Hope United Resident Charged With Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Bond has been set at $150,000 for a 17-year-old Centralia man who has been formally charged in Marion County Court Wednesday morning with two Class 'X' felony charges of predatory criminal sexual assault.  

Phinique Jones who is a resident of the One Hope United children's home is accused of forcing a 12-year-old female resident of the children's home to commit two sex acts with him.  The incidents reportedly occurred at a vacant home near the old Centralia High School campus where residents of One Hope have been known to gather when running away from the children's home. The 12-year-old indicated Jones had been harassing her to have sex and reportedly ignored her requests to stop after removing her clothing.  

Jones had the public defender appointed to represent him.  He was ordered to have no contact with the victim if released on bond.  A preliminary hearing in the case is set for January 14th.  

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