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Morris man pleads not guilty to child predator charges

Timmy Odom
Timmy Odom

MORRIS – A Morris man charged with two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child pleaded not guilty last week and demanded a jury trial.

Timmy Odom, 33, appeared before Judge Lance Peterson on Thursday, June 7, for a motion hearing.

Although his case was previously assigned to the public defender’s office, Odom elected for a private attorney.

The public defender appointment was vacated and Odom was represented by attorney Juan Martinez.

Martinez said Odom pleaded not guilty to the charges and was requesting a jury trial.

Predatory criminal sexual assault of a child is a Class X felony and sentencing is no fewer than six and no more than 60 years of imprisonment.

Odom was picked up May 25 by the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office after Morris police released a photo and sought help on social media in finding him. Morris police credited tips received from the public for locating Odom.

Morris police said in a Facebook post they first received a tip about a possible child abuse situation May 10. After an investigation, a warrant was issued
May 24 for Odom.

Odom’s next appearance in court is Thursday, June 14, for a bond reduction hearing.

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