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New court date set for Mattoon woman accused of sex assault

New court date set for Mattoon woman accused of sex assault

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Hilary Rawlings

Hilary M. Rawlings, 35, of Mattoon charged with criminal sexual assault.

CHARLESTON — A new court date was scheduled on Monday in the case against a Mattoon woman accused of sex acts with a teenage boy.

Hilary M. Rawlings, 35, of Mattoon was scheduled to return to court on June 24.

Rawlings is charged with criminal sexual assault for allegedly engaging in sex acts with the boy in January, when he was 15-years-old.

On Monday, Circuit Judge James Glenn scheduled the next hearing to review the case's status. Defense attorney Chris Wetzel suggested the new hearing and State's Attorney Jesse Danley agreed.

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Rawlings' jury trial on the charges is currently set to begin July 9. She's free on bond.

According to Danley, authorities believe the sex acts took place in Rawlings' home.

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She was employed as a nurse with the Eastern Illinois Area of Special Education. However, the alleged victim was not an EIASE student and the reported crimes did not take place on EIASE time, according to officials with the special education organization.

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Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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