EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons filed charges Wednesday against a Litchfield man accused of a sexual assault in Edwardsville in April.
The charges allege that Ronnie L. Blom, 55, sexually assaulted a 42-year-old woman during a massage at Massage Luxe, 204 S. Buchanan St., Edwardsville, where Blom worked as a massage therapist.
The victim reported the assault to police April 30 and the report subsequently was investigated by the Edwardsville Police Department. Massage Luxe management has fully cooperated with police throughout the investigation.
Blom is facing two counts of criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony. If convicted, the maximum penalty is four to 15 years in prison. He was taken into custody yesterday evening and is being held on a $100,000 bond at the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville.
The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office encourages anyone who might have any other information, or may have been a victim of Blom, to contact the Edwardsville Police Department at (618) 656-2131.
These charges, as well as the statements made herein, are based on probable cause. The defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.