CROWN POINT — A Highland man accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl entered a plea of not guilty and posted bond Tuesday, court records show.
Jordan V. Al-Akel, 25, was charged April 2 in Lake Criminal Court with rape, criminal confinement and strangulation.
The girl reported the sexual assault to police Feb. 24, according to court records.
She told detectives she met a man in July through the MeetMe online dating phone application.
She said the man told her he was 18 years old, and they agreed to meet Aug. 19 for a date. She said the man who picked her up from her home in Chicago did not match his photo on the dating service. The man, who said he was 24 years old, drove her to an apartment in Highland.
She said the man drank alcohol and tried to get her to drink, but she refused. She said he took her to the bedroom, where he held her down and sexually assaulted her, records state.
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The woman said she got dressed afterward, but the man said “Do you think I'm done with you yet?” records state.
The woman said he sexually assaulted her again and fell asleep, records state. She said the man did not drive her back to her home until the next morning.
A warrant was issued Monday for Al-Akel's arrest, authorities said.
A motion filed Friday by his attorney to reduce his bond from $150,000 was granted this week.
Al-Akel posted a $40,000 cash surety bond Tuesday, records show.
His next court appearance is set for 8:45 a.m. June 5.