Alyssa Sutton

An Elgin man pled not guilty to a growing list of felonies Monday afternoon.

Corey Dean Collins, 20, has been in the Union County Jail since Nov. 1, 2017, and his bail is set at $820,000.

Collins faces seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse, three counts of second-degree sex abuse, four counts of first-degree rape, one count of third-degree rape, one count of first-degree sodomy, one count of third-degree sodomy, one count of sexual penetration with an object, one count of fourth-degree assault, three counts of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, and more recently one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a prison inmate, tampering with a witness and contempt of court.

Four of the victims were minors at the time of the incidents, according to Union County District Attorney Kelsie McDaniel. At least two are younger than 16 years old, and one is listed as mentally incapacitated, according to court documents.

On Monday, Collins, represented by attorney James Schaeffer –– who was appointed by the bench –– appeared via teleconference to plead not guilty to unlawful possession of a weapon by a prison inmate and not guilty to tampering with a witness and contempt of court.

Previously, Collins pled not guilty to all sex abuse charges.

“We are asking for the court to set trials on these matters,” Schaeffer said. “All of the other cases are being set chronologically at this point, and we are asking for the same here.”

Presiding Judge Mona Williams said a trial date will be set soon.

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