Royalton Man Pleads Guilty To Felony Sex Charge

(BENTON, IL) — A 54-year-old Royalton man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Franklin County Court to felony sexual abuse of a minor. Jon E. Brookmyer filed an open plea of guilt to one count Class 2 felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Brookmyer was arrested in December following an investigation by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. The Franklin County State’s Attorney’s office initially filed charges against Brookmyer for aggravated criminal sexual abuse, indecent solicitation of a child and grooming. Officials say that in early November, Brookmyer allegedly committed a sexual act with a female minor over 13 but under 17 years of age. They say he used Facebook to solicit and entice the girl and engaged in sexual conversations with her through the social media site. He is scheduled for a May 19 sentencing in the case and could face between 3 and 14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on the aggravated criminal sexual abuse charge. Due to the open plea of guilt, no set sentence is agreed upon, but the charges of indecent solicitation of a child and grooming were dismissed per the plea agreement.