Belleville man charged with sexual abuse

News-DemocratMay 17, 2013 

Belleville Police charged a man with criminal sexual abuse after responding to a complaint late Wednesday night.

Anthony Graham, 35, of 220 S. 10th St. in Belleville, also was charged with one count of unlawful restraint.

Police responded to the 600 block of Sycamore Street just before midnight Wednesday and met with a 28-year-old woman who said she was outside smoking a cigarette when a man approached her and asked for a cigarette. The woman said she gave him one and then after a short conversation, the suspect grabbed her by the arm, took her to an area between two buildings and placed his hand down her pants.

The woman was able to break free from the man, ran to her apartment nearby and called police. Officers found the man hiding under some bushes a short distance away.

Graham remains in custody and will be transferred to the St. Clair County Jail. His bail was set at $50,000.