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Alton man faces felony sex charges

Thursday, September 11, 2003

ALTON -- An Alton man has been charged with sex crimes against a child.

William E. Champlin, 37, was arrested Sept. 3 by officers with Alton police on felony warrants of child molestation and statutory sodomy.

According to a report from the Oregon County Sheriff's Office, in September 2002 Champlin molested a girl under age 14. He is in Oregon County jail with a bond set at $35,000.

Another Alton man has been charged with felony assault by Oregon County Sheriff's Department.

Gregory S, Bates, 36, is charged with attacking Keith Eaves, 15, of Alton.

Bates is accused of choking the teen-ager and causing him physical injury. The incident is alleged to have taken place at the Bates home Aug. 31.

Bates posted a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to be in Oregon County Circuit Court Sept. 24.

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