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Thursday, December 5, 2013 —A 35-year-old Chicago man has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and weapons violations after an investigation tied him to a criminal sexual assault in which the victim was held at gunpoint, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said today.

Karon GodboldKaron Godbold appeared Wednesday at the Markham Courthouse where his bond was set at $250,000. His next court date is scheduled for Dec. 23 at the Markham Courthouse.

According to a Cook County Sheriff Police and Cook County Forest Preserve Police investigation, at approximately 1 p.m. on Monday, the 18-year-old victim was with a man she knew as “Maurice Jones” with whom she had previously communicated with on the social media site, Tagged. According to the investigation, he drove her to the Sauk Trail Woods Forest Preserve in Chicago Heights. Then he parked his vehicle, put a gun to her head, and forced her to have sex with him.

Based on a tip, investigators located and arrested the suspect, Godbold, on Tuesday in the 1200 block of Division Street in Chicago Heights. Godbold was identified as “Maurice Jones.” Officers also found a gun on his person.

Godbold was charged early Wednesday morning with one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault, one count of armed habitual criminal, and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.

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