Steger man claims sex addiction led to child abuse

May 27, 2011 6:00:51 PM PDT
Will County prosecutors say a suburban Chicago man has told police he has been using a female relative to satisfy his sex addiction. A judge has set bond at $1 million for 39-year-old Kelly C. Tustison of Steger. He is charged with predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated sexual abuse of a victim younger than 13. Prosecutors said the abuse dates to January 2008.

A prosecutor on Thursday told Judge Marzell Richardson the now 12-year-old girl said Tustison began assaulting her when she was three years old. Authorities learned of the abuse when the girl told a school social worker.

Police say Tustison admitted to the sexual contact when questioned by investigators. However, he denied abusing other female relatives or friends.

Richardson scheduled Tustison's next court date for June 17.

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