Fairview Heights man accused of having sex with 12-year-old girl

(KSDK) - A 20-year-old Fairview Heights man is accused of having sex with a 12-year-old Caseyville girl. He's in jail and charged with predatory sexual assault.

Police were called to the 1900 block of Webster Circle for a welfare check in July. When they got there, they told Newschannel 5 a woman reported that her 12-year-old granddaughter had sex with a grown man.

After turning the results of their investigation over to the St. Clair County State's Attorney's Office, 20-year-old Damon Bledsoe of Estates View Drive in Fairview Heights was arrested this week. He's charged with Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault on a victim under age 13.

Aaron Starrett just moved to the street where the victim lives two days ago. He says he's disturbed.

"Especially me not knowing the area and being pretty new here. I just got home from the army. So not knowing the area is...it concerns me that I moved here, now I'm hearing about this two days later. It's not something I'm going to tolerate," he says.

We're told they met through mutual friends and had been dating. Police say the two had sex on more than one occasion.

"I did fight for our country and joined the Army for a couple of years. And that's nothing that I joined and that none of my buddies --- we don't fight for that to happen here in America," Starrett says. "I have a 15-year-old sister. What are you doing messing with a 12-year-old girl?"

Bledsoe is being held on a $350,000 bond.


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