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Childrens' group will support victim if necessary

URBANA -- "If a child actually goes through the court system because of being a victim of this, we will be involved in the case."
URBANA -- "If a child actually goes through the court system because of being a victim of this, we will be involved in the case."

The stress of a trial can weigh heavily on a child's shoulders. That's why one organization is ready to be there every step of the way.

Jason Williams was arraigned on four counts of criminal sexual assault. Police say it started while he was working at the Cunningham Children's Home.

The victim was a resident there. She was 14-years old at the time. The victim told police she would run away, and Williams would pick her up and take her to nearby motels.

All this came to light after another worker discovered they'd been texting and phoning one another. Once the case enters the court system, Champaign County's CASA will step in.

The organization pairs a volunteer with victims who are abused or neglected children. The volunteer will advocate for the child's best interests during the court process.

The director says dealing with police, judges and attorneys can be overwhelming for children. Director Rush Record couldn't comment specifically on this case, but he did say CASA will step in if this victim goes through the court system.

Williams no longer works at the home. Administrators say their priority has always been making sure the kids are safe, and recent events don't change that.
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