Normal man found guilty of sexually assaulting a minor

By WEEK Producer

December 19, 2013 Updated Dec 19, 2013 at 10:45 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – A McLean County jury took just two hours on Wednesday to convict a Normal man of sexually assaulting a minor girl.

Alexander Beard, 33, was arrested by members of a U.S. Marshal Task Force in September.

Beard was charged with four counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse of a victim under the age of 13 and one count of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a victim under the age of 13. The charges stemmed from a series of incidents that happened between April and July.

The jury found him guilty on all five counts. He is set for sentencing on January 29.

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