A Piatt County Illinois official said she will await federal action before determining what, if any local charges to levy against a Mansfield man arrested recently for allegedly sexually molesting some young girls.
Piatt County Sheriff Dave Hunt said Paul D. Reynolds, 47, was taken into custody June 27 as he was returning from a business trip in Oklahoma.
Piatt County States Attorney Dana Rhoades said the U.S. Attorney’s Office is also investigating Reynolds, and that she is communicating with them on possible federal charges prior to filing any in Piatt County.
Hunt said sheriff’s investigators felt they had enough information to arrest Reynolds for aggravated criminal sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of a child. However, as of this past Monday no formal charges have yet been filed by the state’s attorney’s office as the case remains under investigation.
Hunt said it’s alleged that Reynolds may have had inappropriate sexual contact with as many as four girls, all under the age of 18, as far back as 2006 and continuing until recently.
Reynolds remained in the Piatt County jail after the arrest and was later after posting $25,000 cash. He was told to be back in court July 29.
Piatt County Sgt. J.D. Russell said he’s conducted forensic interviews with two of the alleged victims and has also spoken with Reynolds since his arrest.
He said his investigation is ongoing.
Reynolds runs his own helicopter crop-dusting business.