SEX ASSAULT ARREST: Since March of 2017, detectives from the Sensitive Crimes Unit have been conducting an investigation into a report of sexual assaults of three juvenile victims by a male family member.
The investigation includes incidents that happened as far back as 1997 when the suspect was a resident of Rockford. The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized the below listed charges.
Andrew Hale, 58, Springdale, Ark.: Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault (2 counts), Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault (2 counts)
Officers arrested Hale in Springdale and he was brought back to Rockford on Friday. Hale was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail with his bond set at $1 million. The charges against Hale are merely accusations. As in all criminal cases, the suspect is considered innocent until proven guilty in court.