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MATTOON -- A Mattoon man previously convicted of sexually abusing young children appeared in court Thursday, seeking to modify the conditions of his bond in connection with a new, unrelated charge alleging acts involving a young boy. 

Coles County Assistant State's Attorney Jenifer Schiavone said during a hearing Thursday morning that due to Jeffrey M. West, 51, having been previously convicted in a 2001 case of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, the prosecution "strongly objects" to allowing him to travel to Indiana for his work.

The State's Attorney's Office filed a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against West on May 28 alleging that he improperly touched a boy under the age of 13 and made other sexual advances while the victim was at his home and his business.

According to court documents, West was taken into custody by police on May 24. When the official charge was filed on May 28, bond was set to an amount at which West needed to post $10,000 in order to be release from the jail. He posted this amount on May 29 and was present, free of custody, at the court hearing Thursday.

During this hearing, defense attorney Todd Reardon motioned to modify West's bond conditions so that he can travel to the Terre Haute, Ind. area to conduct business related to his West Side Motors used car dealership in Mattoon.

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Circuit Judge James Glenn indicated that he might allow West to travel to this area if he wore an electronic monitor on his ankle. When discussion shifted to the question of whether West would also need to wear this monitor while in Illinois, the defendant withdrew his motion. Glenn said the motion remains pending, with a hearing set for July 11.

In Schiavone's objection to the motion, she referenced a 2001 case in which West was eventually convicted of committing aggravated criminal sexual abuse against two children.

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According to court documents, West was charged with fondling a 4-year-old boy on Sept. 7, 2001, in a restroom at the Mattoon VFW and with fondling a 10-year-old girl on Sept. 8, 2001, in Trilla. The Mattoon allegation was later severed within the case file so that there could be separate court proceeding for the two incidents.

On Dec. 11, 2003, a jury convicted West of two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of burglary regarding the Trilla incident. West was subsequently sentenced to eight years in prison for the burglary charge, with credit for 163 days previously served, and to four years of concurrent probation for each of the sexual abuse charges.

On May 7, 2004, West entered a voluntary guilty plea to a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse regarding the Mattoon incident. By agreement, West was sentenced to four years of probation to run concurrent to the probation for the Trilla incident.

As part of his convictions, West was ordered to be certified as a child sex offender. He remains listed on the sex offender registry maintained by the Illinois State Police.

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Contact Rob Stroud at (217) 238-6861. Follow him on Twitter: @TheRobStroud

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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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