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Tuesday, May 13, 2008                                                                                       View Comments

Pastor charged with sexual assault of teenage girl

A Northern Illinois pastor faces charges of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

Forty-year-old Jonathon Christopher Powell faces two counts of criminal sexual assault of a victim between 13 and 17 years old.

According to the church's Web site, Powell is a senior pastor at New Hope Baptist Church in the village of Machesney Park. ed: (This information has already been removed from their website)

A telephone message left at the church after business hours Monday was not immediately returned. No telephone listing for Jonathon Christopher Powell could be found.

Powell is being held in the Winnebago County Jail on $250,000 bond.