SOUTH ROXANA — The South Roxana Police Department has obtained charges on two unrelated felony cases, according to a statement from Police Chief Bob Coles.
The first case involves Duane Reams, 28, who was stopped for speeding, improper passing and driving while license suspended at 10:25 p.m. April 10. A search of Reams revealed less than 15 grams of heroin in his possession.
After lab results returned, a warrant was sought for his arrest. Reams is not in custody. He is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. His bail was set at $15,000.
The second case involves Kierstan Cherry, 19. On May 20, Cherry came to the South Roxana Police Department with her boyfriend of more than one year. Kierstan made a false report to Sgt. David Davis about a South Roxana resident sexually assaulting her.
During the course of the investigation and Cherry’s own admissions, it was revealed the intercourse between her and the resident was consensual.
“These cases are extremely hard to pursue due to the fact we take every sexual assault complaint very seriously,” Coles said in a press release. “We do not want to offend a reported victim or deter future victims from coming forward. We seek the truth regardless of the complaint or the complainant.
“I commend Sgt. Davis for handling such a delicate matter and completing a thorough investigation. I am disturbed by the false allegations which have arisen due to a guilty conscience from multiple consensual contacts. The stigma from being accused of a sexual offense is not something that goes away when guilt or innocence is proven. It can haunt the person for the rest of their life.
“I can ensure the citizens of one thing,” Coles said. “My department will always pursue the truth regardless of the circumstances or who is involved. I appreciate the State’s Attorney’s Office assisting us to ensure someone making a false claim will be held accountable for their actions.”
Cherry was charged with disorderly conduct, a Class 4 felony. Her bail was set at $20,000.