MATTOON — Police officers arrested a 19-year-old Mattoon man Tuesday afternoon for allegedly having physical relations with a 14-year-old girl.

The Coles County State's Attorney's Office subsequently filed a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against this man, Luke G. Bowman. A preliminary hearing for Bowman has been scheduled for July 25 in Circuit Court.

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After Bowman was arrested at the Mattoon police station, he was taken to the Coles County jail. Bowman later posted $1,500 bond and was released from the custody of the jail, with the stipulation that he have no contact with the victim. Assistant Public Defender Terese Matthews was appointed to represent him at the bond hearing on Wednesday.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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