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A 19-year-old East St. Louis man is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child.
St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department investigated Alex R. Brownlee, 19, after being contacted about the possible sexual abuse of a 13-year-old child.
Brownlee is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and was being held at the St. Clair County Jail on Thursday on a $150,000 bail.
Abuse of the child occurred in the east end of unincorporated Belleville in September and October this year, investigators with the sheriff’s office and the Illinois Department of Children and Families said.
Police believe the child and Brownlee met through social media, Capt. Bruce Fleshren of the Sheriff’s Department said. The department does not think there are more victims.