Waterloo man accused of sexually abusing young girl several times since 2012

A Waterloo man has been charged with 11 felony sex crimes after police say he spent seven years abusing a female family member.

Jeremy C. Van Eck, 32, was charged with the following crimes in Monroe County Court in October:

  • four counts of predatory criminal sexual assault with a victim under 13
  • six counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse with a victim who is a family member under 18
  • criminal sexual assault with a victim who is a family member under 18

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, the first alleged incidents occurred between October 2012 and November 2013. The abuse continued between October 2014 and November 2015, December 2017 and June 2018 and again the past two years until it was reported to deputies on Sept. 30.

Monroe County Judge Dennis Doyle set a bail of $100,000 for Van Eck. After his arrest, the sheriff’s department said, he posted bond and was released.

Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.