Man arrested for juvenile sexual assault, child pornography charges in Rockford

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A Chicago-area man was arrested by U.S. Marshals for juvenile sexual abuse charges stemming from Rockford.

Samir Barakat, a 38-year-old man from Bridgeview, faces charges for criminal sexual assault, child pornography and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Rockford police opened an investigation in October 2018 after a referral from Bridgeview police. A juvenile was allegedly abused in the 1900 block of West Riverside Blvd.

Police say the suspect, later identified as Barakat, was an acquaintance of the victim’s family.

Barakat is being held in Winnebago County Jail. He is considered innocent unless proven guilty by the court of law.