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MATTOON -- Police officers have arrested a Mattoon man on Tuesday on charges of committing criminal sexual assault and aggravated domestic battery against a preteen girl.

A Mattoon Police Department press release reported that Brandon A. Herschberger, 33, was arrested on these charges at 4 p.m. at the police station.

The charges allege that Herschberger assaulted a preteen girl on numerous occasions via acts of sexual penetration, hitting, slapping, and attempting to smother the girl with a pillow. Herschberger reportedly admitted that he committed these acts as a form of “torture” and “punishment” due to misbehavior. Herschberger was taken to the Coles County jail.

In other matters, Shay A. Margenthaler, 30, and Shelby L. Quillman, 27, both homeless and from Mattoon, were arrested on charges of domestic battery at 10:23 a.m. Tuesday in the 1500 block of Marshal Avenue.

The charges alleges that. Margenthaler slapped and kicked Quillman during a domestic argument near Marshall and 17th Street. The charges also allege that Quillman had pushed and scratched Margenthaler’s neck, arms and back. Both Margenthaler and Quillman were taken to the jail.

Anthony S.T. Hensley, 37, of Mattoon was arrested on a burglary charge at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at the jail. The charge alleges that Hensley admitted to having burglarized a storage shed at Jake’s Storage, located in the 1100 block of South 19th Street, sometime between March and May. Hensley was left in the custody of the jail, where he already had been incarcerated for unrelated incidents.

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