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Australian accused of rape at St. Charles business center

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Updated: October 4, 2012 8:12PM

ST. CHARLES — An Indonesian citizen who lives in Australia came to St. Charles to attend a four-week business training class at the Q Center. But he may not be recrossing the Pacific anytime soon.

On Thursday, he was in the Kane County jail, charged with sexually attacking a female student at the center.

St. Charles police spokesman Paul McCurtain said Jefry Sutjito, 24, of Melbourne, Australia, has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault and one count each of attempted criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse.

The alleged attack took place in a dorm room at the business training and conference center, at 1405 N. Fifth Ave., and was reported to police Monday morning, McCurtain said Thursday.

He said officers interviewed the 22-year-old victim, other witnesses and the suspect. He said the victim also had been attending the four-week training class.

At 3:30 p.m. Monday, McCurtain said, Sutjito was arrested and taken to the Kane County jail on a 72-hour “investigative hold.”

The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized the criminal charges on Wednesday. On Thursday, a judge set Sutjito’s bail at $500,000 and ordered him to surrender his passport. His next court date was set for Oct. 11.

Although Sutjito lives in Australia, he is actually a citizen of Indonesia, McCurtain said, so police notified the nearest Indonesian consulate that he is in custody.

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