Rockford Scanner: Poplar Grove man on multiple child sex offenses



On Friday, August 14, 2020, Boone County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested a Poplar Grove man on multiple child sex offenses.

Raphael Sampson, 38 years old of Poplar Grove, Illinois, was charged with one count of Criminal Sexual Assault (Class 1 Felony) and one count of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse (Class 2 Felony). Sampson remains in the Boone County Jail on a $250,000.00 (10%) bond.

The arrest of Sampson came after it was reported he had sexually assaulted a child under the age of 17 in July, 2020. Boone County Sheriff’s Detectives continue to investigate the case and additional charges are possible.

A class 1 felony is punishable by four (4) to fifteen (15) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. A class 2 felony is punishable by three (3) to seven (7) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone having information on a crime or narcotic trafficking to call the Boone County Sheriff’s Office at 815-544-2144 or Crime Stoppers at 815-547-7867.

Members of the public are reminded that these are only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the State’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.



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