Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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March 23, 2013

Alleged sex offender, robbers among those indicted

An Effingham man jailed earlier this week on 22 counts of child sex crimes was among a number of people indicted this week by an Effingham County grand jury.

James D. Zumbahlen, 50, faces 11 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony; two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony; seven counts of criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony; and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony.

The indictment lists nine victims by their initials, one as young as 3 years old. The alleged victims include boys and girls and the indictment alleges the offenses took place between Jan. 1, 1991, and Nov. 1, 2011.

Zumbahlen remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bond. His next court appearance is set for 10 a.m. April 10.

The grand jury also indicted a number of people previously jailed on methamphetamine-related charges in connection with alleged incidents in Altamont and Effingham. They include:

Chad W. Reed, 19, Ramsey, aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, a Class X felony. Reed is accused of participating in the manufacture of less than 15 grams of meth in a multi-unit residential building on March 10. He has been ordered to appear in court at 10 a.m. March 28. He remains in jail in lieu of $200,000 bond.

Alexander R. Beccue, 19, Altamont, possession of methamphetamine-manufacturing materials, a Class 2 felony. Beccue is accused of possessing acetone and lye on March 10 with the intent to use substances to manufacture meth. He has been ordered to appear in court at 11 a.m. March 28. He remains in jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.

Audra L. Daugherty, 20, Altamont, aggravated participation in methamphetamine-manufacturing, a Class X felony. Daugherty is accused of participating in the manufacture of less than 15 grams of meth in a multi-unit residential building on March 10. She has been ordered to appear in court at 11 a.m. March 27. She remains in jail in lieu of $200,000 bond.

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