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Melbourne man charged with sexual assault

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Christopher Stills, 27, of Melbourne was arrested Feb. 7 and charged with second degree sexual assault for allegedly assaulting a woman while she was at work.

A retail clerk at a Melbourne business reported to the Izard County Sheriff's Department that she had been assaulted while working Feb. 7.

The alleged victim said Stills entered the store and grabbed her, then forced his tongue into her mouth, pulled her shirt out of her pants and grabbed her by the buttocks along with other inappropriate touching.

Stills was arrested and charged with second degree sexual assault. Sexual assault, second degree, is defined as engaging in sexual contact with the sex organs of another person by forcible compulsion and is a class B felony. Such a classified felony is punishable by five to 20 years in the Department of Correction and a fine up to $15,000.

Sheriff Tate Lawrence said Stills has a considerable criminal history and if found guilty could be sentenced under the habitual criminal statute and receive enhanced penalties.

Stills, who is on parole/probation from previous convictions, remains in Izard County Detention Facility on a $100,000 bond and no bond parole/probation hold from the Department of Correction.

Two Melbourne School students face illegal drug charges as the result of an investigation conducted by the Izard County Sheriff's Department and school personnel.

One of the students, a male juvenile, was charged with delivery of a controlled substance and was transported to the Juvenile Detention Facility in Batesville.

The other student, also a male juvenile, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and was released to the custody for his family.

The leafy green vegetable substance was identified as marijuana.

The two will appear in Izard County Circuit Court, Juvenile Division.

The investigation into the source of the controlled substance continues.

A traffic stop on the night of Feb. 10 by Izard County deputy Jeff Shehan resulted in marijuana related charges against four of the five persons in the vehicle.

The vehicle, stopped on Highway 177, was occupied by four males and one female, who was not arrested.

Matt Hoskinds, 19, of Melbourne was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

At the time of his arrest Hoskinds was on a court ordered conditional release from Izard County Detention Facility.

Conditions of his release include that he not partake in any activities involving drugs or alcohol and that he keep away from people known to use either.

Hoskinds was also charged with a failure to submit to a drug test as order by the court.

Hoskinds remains in Izard County Detention Facility where he will serve a 35-day sentence, which was previously suspended.

Justin "Chance" Tate, 19, of Melbourne, who was in the vehicle with Hoskinds, was arrested for possessing an instrument of crime, a smoking pipe.

Tate has a court appearance pending for a previous drug arrest which included driving while intoxicated, drugs.

Tate posted bond the following day and was released from Izard County Detention Facility.

According to Lawrence, bond for possession of a controlled substance is $525 and for an instrument of crime bond is $225.



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