New Athens Man Arrested On Charges Of Having Sex With Waterloo Minor

Michael B. Stephens

A New Athens man has been arrested and charged with sexual assault against a Waterloo youth. Michael B. Stephens, 42, is facing a felony count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Waterloo and New Athens police officers arrested the accused at his New Athens’ home on May 19. After being formally charge, he has been held behind bars at the Monroe County Jail waiting an upcoming court appearance. Bond was set at $25,000.

The information filed by the Monroe County State’s Attorney’s office indicates that on or about November 2016, in Waterloo, Stephens, knowingly committed an act of sexual penetration with a victim between the age of 13 and 17. The charge also points out, per Illinois code, that the defendant (Stephens) was at least five years older than the victim.

Based upon the facts of the ongoing investigation, the Waterloo Police Department believes Stephens preyed on children under 18 years of age. He is suspected of trading tattoos for sexual favors. Additional felony charges may be sought against Stephens.

As part of their ongoing investigation, the Waterloo Police Department is wanting to know if there are any others who were possibly victimized by Stephens. Citizens may contact the WPD at 939-3377.