Benton Man Arrested On Sex Abuse Charges

(BENTON, IL) — Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies Friday afternoon arrested a Benton man on sexual abuse charges. Sheriff Don Jones says 43-year-old Shannon L. Braden is charged with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of indecent solicitation of a child. He is incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail on $75,000 bond. The sheriff says the victim is a 15-year-old high school student and is the latest arrest in an ongoing criminal investigation. More arrests are possible. Deputies also arrested 24-year-old Austin J. Berkley of Orient last week at his home on a warrant charging him with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and indecent solicitation of a child. He is also incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail on $80,000 bond. The victim is a 15-year-old high school student.