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Man charged with statutory sodomy; pair charged with burglary

Posted on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney Office has filed charges against a Hawk Point man.

Robert Dale Strus, 51, of the 300 block of Cheryl Court, has been charged with statutory sodomy for allegedly having sex with  a girl younger than 14 years of age.

Strus was charged after the girl alerted authorities. The alleged incident took place at Strus’ residence. A cash only bond was set at $50,000.

Two men are in custody and are charged with two counts of burglary and possession of burglary tools in connection with an attempted robbery of a residence at Hawk Point.

Charged are Caleb Seyler, of Collinsville, Ill. and  Matthew Hannon, of East St. Louis., Ill. Bond on each of these men has been set at $15,000 (cash only).

Authorities said quick action by neighbors led to the arrests. They spotted the men allegedly attempting to enter a home on Chestnut St. They called 911.

Those accused of a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.