Orient Man Arrested For Child Sex Crimes

(BENTON, IL) — Franklin County Sheriff’s investigators arrested an Orient man at his home Wednesday afternoon on a warrant charging him with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and indecent solicitation of a child. Sheriff Don Jones says 24-year-old Austin J. Berkley is being held in the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $80,000 bond. Jones says the victim is a 15-year-old high school student. According to court records, Berkley faces three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against the victim. It happened twice on Jan. 8 and again on Feb. 14 of this year in Franklin County. Berkley also faces one count of indecent solicitation of a child that happened between Jan. 7 and May 15 of this year in Franklin County.  Jones added that this latest arrest is part of an ongoing criminal investigation. More arrests and charges are possible.