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Jury expected to start deliberating Tuesday in sex abuse case against Quincy man

Johnathan Rajner
By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 14, 2018 10:20 pm Updated: May. 14, 2018 10:35 pm

QUINCY -- An Adams County jury is expected to start deliberations Tuesday afternoon in the case of a Quincy man accused of having sexual contact with two children.

Johnathan E. Rajner, 43, faces charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Both girls allege that Rajner touched them inappropriately on the same night as they were getting ready for bed in an upstairs bedroom at a Quincy residence.

In opening statements Monday, Assistant State's Attorney Anita Rodriguez said the encounter occurred in 2015 or 2016, but it didn't come to light until Jan. 29, 2018, when one of the girls told her guardian.

One of the girls testified in court that Rajner touched her inappropriately as he carried her on his shoulders.

The girl told her guardian at their home in 2017 that Rajner had touched her inappropriately. The guardian went to the Quincy Police Department to report the incident, and the girl later underwent a forensic interview at the Children's Advocacy Center in Quincy.

The guardian testified that was the only time that she recalled Rajner giving the girls rides on his shoulders.

The guardian also testified that she contacted the mother of another girl who had been staying at the house that night to see whether Rajner had ever inappropriately touched her.

The mother testified that she received a text message telling her to ask her daughter whether she had been touched inappropriately by Rajner. The woman said she showed the text message to her daughter and she answered yes. Her daughter also was interviewed by the Children's Advocacy Center.

The girl, who testified in the judge's chambers, which was transmitted to the courtroom by closed-circuit TV, said Rajner touched her as she lay in bed.

Rajner's attorney, Chief Public Defender Todd Nelson, told the jury during his opening statements that they would hear "significant discrepancies" from the accusers.

Nelson questioned each of them on the layout of the bedroom and whether they were in separate beds. The girls' testimony differed on the number of beds in the rooms and whether they slept separately or together that night.

Rajner has been held in the Adams County Jail on $200,000 bond since his Nov. 14, 2017, arrest.

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