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Shiloh man charged with sexual assault of a family member

Shiloh detective talks about sexual assault case

Det. George Fender talks about arrest of Donte Bohanna in Shiloh sexual assault case.
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Det. George Fender talks about arrest of Donte Bohanna in Shiloh sexual assault case.

A Shiloh man was taken into custody by Shiloh Police without incident Wednesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a male family member for four years, starting in 2011.

Donte A. Bohanna, 37, of 3298 Hunter’s Way Dr., is currently being held at St. Clair County Jail in Belleville on $500,000 bail.

The victim, now age 20, told police on March 3, that he was allegedly sexually abused by Bohanna multiple times at previous private residences in Shiloh, as well as, in Belleville occupied by the victim, between September 2011 and January 2015.

Shiloh Police Detective George Fender said Bohanna offered by his own admission that he was HIV positive.

“We didn’t test the victim,” Fender said. “He told us he went to the hospital on his own to be tested for HIV.”

The alleged victim tested negative for HIV, Fender said.

On Thursday, the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office issued a seven-count warrant for criminal sexual assault against Bohanna, who was allegedly supervising the victim, who was then between the age of 13-17, a Class 1 felony.

Bohanna was also charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony, and transmission of HIV during the course of alleged forced sexual activity, also a Class 2 felony.

A Class 1 felony is punishable by four to 15 years in prison. An extended term Class 1 felony is punishable by 15 to 30 years, according to Illinois statute. Conviction for a Class 2 felony can result in a prison term of three to seven years, or seven to 14 years for an extended term.

The victim told police on March 3 Bohanna was an adult male family member.

Belleville Police Department was notified of the investigation on March 3 because of the alleged abuse in Belleville. Belleville Police Detective Sgt. Mark Heffernan declined to comment on Friday, stating the case was primarily handled by Shiloh Police, and Belleville Police were merely contacted as a courtesy.

Police said they are unaware of any other victims at this time.

Police believe Bohanna was renting the home on Hunter’s Way.

Fender said on Friday, Bohanna is married and has children. But Fender would not comment whether or not Bohanna’s children were living with him at the time of his arrest.