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Byron man pleads not guilty to molesting two girls

Grand jury indicts Upchurch on six felony charges

A Byron man pleaded not guilty in Ogle County Court last week to six felony charges for sexually molesting two young girls.

Duane D. Upchurch, 54, also demanded a jury trial during a court appearance Aug. 9 before Judge John B. Roe.

A grand jury indicted Upchurch on Aug. 6 on four counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, Class X felonies, and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, Class 2 felonies.

At the request of Ogle County State’s Attorney Eric Morrow, a warrant for his arrest was then issued with bond set at $500,000. 

The charges stem from an investigation Ogle County detectives began last March.

Morrow said both victims, who were acquainted with Upchurch, were younger than 13 when the incidents took place.

The incidents with one of the victims occurred between 2004 and 2008 and between 2005 and 2008 with the other, he said.

Upchurch was arrested Aug. 8 and appeared in court later that day before Judge John C. Redington. 

The case was continued to Aug. 9 when Roe granted a motion from Upchurch’s attorney Russell Crull, of Rochelle, to reduce the bond to $250,000, over the objections of Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Schuman.

Upchurch was released from the Ogle County Jail Aug. 9 after he posted bond.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 26.