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Illinois Army National Guard Sergeant charged with sexual assault, sexual abuse

Timothy Nichols

MATTESON, Ill. (WREX) — A Sergeant with the Illinois Army National Guard (ILANG) has been charged with criminal sexual assault and sexual abuse.

Timothy Nichols, 32, of Dahinda, Illinois, faces two counts of sexual assault charges and one charge of criminal sexual abuse.

Illinois State Police say they were notified by the ILANG of an allegation of sexual abuse against Nichols on Jan. 8.

On March 31, 2021, after a thorough investigation by the ISP DII investigators, the Knox County State’s Attorney’s Office approved two counts of Criminal Sexual Assault (Class 1 Felony) and one count of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse (Class 2 Felony).

Nichols was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Knox County Jail.  Nichols posted a $10,000 bond and was released from custody.

No further information is available for release by the ISP.

“Protecting the public to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Illinois is at the core of the Illinois State Police Mission,” stated Captain Darryl Bogard.  The Illinois State Police takes these types of allegations seriously and will continue to thoroughly investigate such allegations and assist in bringing to justice those who attempt to harm those we serve.  The men and women of the Illinois State Police, Division of Internal Investigation continuously strive to protect and maintain the integrity of not only the Illinois State Police but all Agencies under the Executive Branch of State Government.  These efforts assist in maintaining the confidence of the citizens of Illinois as well as our State partners,” he concluded.

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Andrew Carrigan

Andy Carrigan is the Social Media & Digital Content Manager at WREX. He joined the 13 WREX team as a photographer in 2016 after graduating from Northern Illinois University.

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