Woodstock High student pleads not guilty to sex assault of 15 Year Old girl

18 year old James Cornelius a Woodstock High School student pleaded not guilty this morning to charges that he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl at a house party over Christmas break.
As his parents looked on as he dressed in orange jail garb, entered his not guilty plea to felony sexual assault and misdemeanor sexual abuse before McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather.
Reports according to Chicago Tribune The charge of criminal sexual assault carries a sentencing range of 4 to 15 years in prison upon conviction. Criminal sexual abuse carries up to one year in the county jail, Prather said.
Cornelius is one of four Woodstock High School students facing criminal charges related to the sexual assault of the girl which authorities said was filmed and posted on Facebook.
A second Woodstock High School student, Corion V. Simpson, 18, is set to appear in court on Thursday. He is charged with criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse and intimidation, according to authorities.
Authorities said they believe the video of the alleged assault was removed from Facebook but authorities allege that Simpson threatened the girl with re-posting it. Cornelius and Simpson are each being held in the McHenry County jail on $80,000 bond.
The two other students are being petitioned to juvenile court, one on charges of criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse. The other is charged with unlawful possession of child pornography, police said.
The alleged assault took place during a party between Christmas and New Year’s Eve at a Woodstock residence where alcohol was being served, police and prosecutors said. Authorities allege the girl was sexually assaulted by the two 18-year-olds and one of the juveniles.
According to Woodstock police reports, the father of the alleged victim contacted police in February after learning of the video.
Cornelius is scheduled to appear back in court June 3.
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