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Charges Dismissed against Ina Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Child

MT. VERNON – Charges were dismissed Monday against a 35-year-old Ina man charged in Jefferson County Court of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13.

According to Jefferson County State’s Attorney Sean Featherstun, after charges were filed against Dustin Crone, additional evidence was discovered that prevents the State from proving this allegation beyond a reasonable doubt. Jury selection was scheduled for Tuesday in the 2018 Jefferson County case against Crone.

He was arrested in October 2018 and charged with two Class X felony charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13 and Class 2 felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 13.

However, new evidence caused prosecutors on Monday to dismiss the charges against Crone and order the $12,500 bond posted for his release in December of 2018 to be returned. The case was investigated by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.