Rockford man charged with sexual assault, spreading HIV to a child

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Photo: Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — 31-year-old Steven Grimes has been charged with 12 counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child and Criminal Transmission of HIV.

At a press conference Thursday morning, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross also said Grimes was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child, stemming from an investigation that began on May 25th, 2019.

Rockford Police say they were called to a local medical office for a possible report of sexual assault to a child.

Grimes as developed as a suspect in the case and arrested.

The charges allege that the sexual assaults began as far back as 2005, when the victim was under the age of 13

Officials did not rule out the possibility of other victims and ask members of the public to come forward with information.

They also issued a warning to anyone who has had intimate contact with Grimes to seek medical treatment.

Grimes faces up to 60 years in prison, if convicted.

He is currently being held at the Winnebago County Jail on a $1 million bond.

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