ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A child tests positive for HIV and now a Rockford man is accused of passing it to his victim in more than a decade’s worth of sexual assault.
31-year-old Steven Grimes is sitting in the Winnebago County Jail on a $1 million bond, and officials worry there could be more victims out there.
“I’m disgusted,” said Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea. “It’s despicable that a child has to be a victim to a predator. Please, if you have any information in this case, or other cases involving this investigation, contact us.”
Grimes 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.
“We, first of all, would implore you, if you have had intimate contact [with Grimes], to seek your health care provider to have an examination, to make sure you are properly taking care of your health,” said Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross.
“If someone feels they’ve been exposed to HIV, of even if you’ve just been involved with someone and you’re not sure of your status, you can come in and get tested,” said Shelton Kay of Crusader Community Health.
Grimes faces up to 60 years in prison, if convicted.
Sexual assault resources: Contact Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling Center at (815) 636-9811, or call 9-1-1 or any law enforcement agency.