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Dixon man charged with sexual abuse of a child

MORRISON – A 33-year-old Dixon man is in Whiteside County Jail on $100,000 bond, accused of sexually abusing a girl younger than 13.

Nathan J. Rice is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, which carries 3 to 7 years in prison.

Rice was arrested on a Whiteside County warrant at 7:40 p.m. Monday in the 900 block of Grant Avenue in Dixon.

The incident happened about 4 years ago, while Rice was living in Morrison, but the girl did not report it until June, said Morrison Chief Brian Melton, the lead investigator in the case. Should he make bail, among other things, Rice must have no contact with anyone younger than 17.

His preliminary hearing is Monday.

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