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Grand jury indicts Bloomington man on 32 child molestation charges

GAVEL / COURT GENERIC

BLOOMINGTON (HOI) - A Bloomington man is jailed on dozens of felony charges accusing him of sexually molesting two children over the past several years.

A McLean County Grand Jury indicted Mercedez Byrd, 41, with 29 charges involving one of the children and three more charges involving the second child.

Prosecutors said Byrd was arrested following an investigation by the McLean County Sheriff's Office and the Bloomington Police Department.

A judge set bail for Byrd at $1.5 million on the sex charges, meaning he would have to post a $150,000 cash bond to be released, in addition to a smaller bond in an unrelated drug case.

Howard Packowitz

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