Police jail alleged sex offender

Donelle Pardee Whiting

Washington police officers arrested a Cornland man after he allegedly attempted to have sexual relations with a minor.

Gregory J. Miller, 34, was arrested for indecent solicitation of a minor and attempted aggravated criminal sexual abuse after he reportedly attempted to have intercourse with a 13-year-old female in Washington.

Sgt. Jeff Stevens said the charge of criminal sexual abuse was not assault because there was no force or threat of force.

Stevens said Miller will be tried in federal court as opposed to Tazewell County.

Tazewell County State’s Attorney Stu Umholtz said he does not comment on pending cases.

However, he did say it is not unusual in cases that could proceed in either state of federal court for the state’s attorney’s office to discuss the matter with the United States attorney’s office and make a determination of which jurisdiction would provide a most effective outcome.

“So, we do look at possible punishments,” Umholtz said. “We look at many other issues with regard to a matter that is being investigated.”

A decision is then made as to whether it is best to proceed in federal court or state court, he added.

This is the second arrest in Washington within a month in which a man was arrested for sexual misconduct involving a minor.

Matthew Luke Head, 19, of East Peoria was arrested June 7 on charges of indecent solicitation of a child and sexual exploitation of a child

In that case, the girl was a 14-year-old.