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WATSEKA — An Iroquois County grand jury has indicted a Champaign man on felony charges in connection with the sexual assault of an employee at an adult bookstore in Buckley.
A news release Monday from State’s Attorney Jim Devine’s office said a grand jury indicted Paul T. Zindars, 34, for unlawful restraint, criminal sexual abuse and battery.
Zindars, who listed an address in the 1500 block of North McKinley Avenue in Champaign, was arrested July 31 by Paxton police following a high-speed chase on Interstate 57, according to Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane.
Minutes earlier, Zindars entered the Lion’s Den, 362 E. 800 North Road, Buckley, where he allegedly detained a female employee in an office and fondled her, Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagan has said.
In Iroquois County, Zindars has been charged with criminal sexual abuse and unlawful restraint, both Class 4 felonies, and a misdemeanor count of battery. Zindars is scheduled to be arraigned on the Iroquois County charges at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 27.
In Ford County, Zindars was charged with attempting to flee or elude a police officer, a misdemeanor. He is due in court for a first appearance at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 19.
Bane has said Zindars told him that he works as the project manager for Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County. The nonprofit organization’s website as of this week lists a Paul Zindars as the construction manager. Habitat’s executive director, Sheila Dodd, has declined to comment on Zindars’ employment status.