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Joliet man arrested on sexual assault charge

Lonnie R. Ward Jr., 39, Joliet
Lonnie R. Ward Jr., 39, Joliet

A Joliet man was taken into custody on charges of criminal sexual assault of a family member, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and unlawful restraint, according to court records.

About 11:30 a.m. Friday, Lonnie R. Ward Jr., 39, of the 200 block of Illinois Street, was booked into the Will County jail on three counts of criminal sexual assault of a family member, three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of unlawful restraint.

On Oct. 29, a warrant was issued for Ward’s arrest. The warrant carries a $1 million bond.

Jail records show Ward is scheduled to appear before Judge Dave Carlson at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Will County Courthouse.

Ward’s arrest was the result of a Joliet police investigation.

Ward was jailed for 10 days starting Oct. 8 after he was arrested on a charge of violating an order of protection. Four protective orders have been filed against Ward this year.

He pleaded guilty to the charge Oct. 17 and was given two years conditional discharge, court records show. He also was credited for the days he served in jail.

Ward was ordered to pay $921 in fines and fees as part of his sentence and has only paid $50 thus far.

On Jan. 12, 2016, Ward was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery to a police officer. On Aug. 3, 2016, Ward pleaded guilty to an amended charge of aggravated battery in a public place.

Ward was sentenced to two years in prison and credited with serving 206 days in jail.

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